Wisconsin child dies from flu, Dept. of Health Services says

Wisconsin child dies from flu, Dept. of Health Services says

Wisconsin child dies from flu, Dept. of Health Services says

This chart from the New York State DOH shows the spike in flu cases on Staten Island, over the course of flu season so far.

A Wisconsin child has died from the flu, according to the state Department of Health Services.

Flu is a contagious respiratory disease, claiming the lives of 34,200 people a year ago, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In the first week of January, the number of cases grew to 373.

Wisconsin health officials announced that a child has died from the flu in the southeastern part of the state. "Every year, influenza activity in Jamaica begins to increase in October to November, peaks between December to March, and can last until May", the ministry said.

Nationwide, almost 10 million cases were reported with 4800 deaths, including 32 children, the most since the CDC started tracking child deaths in 2004.

"Typically we see more cases of type A viruses, but this season we are seeing more cases of type B viruses", Richards noted.

"The best way to protect against influenza is to get the influenza vaccine".

Health Canada estimates influenza causes approximately 12,200 hospitalizations and 3,500 deaths in Canada each year.

"We've got a kind of smorgasbord of the respiratory viruses out there now", said Skowronski. She also advises that people cough into their sleeves, properly dispose of tissues, and practise proper hand-washing to prevent the spread of illnesses. That year had turned out to be among the worst in close to a decade as per the data which has been released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States.

People with weakened immune systems, adults over 65 and babies are all at higher risk of getting the flu, as well as a higher risk of developing complications from the disease.

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