Flu season in the US: Estimated 6-7 million cases to date

Only Winnipeg region has had more flu cases than Northern Manitoba this season

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The exception was an increase of flu cases reported in the Panhandle area and among seniors across the state.

Agency officials are providing the estimates for the first time during flu season as a way to underscore the risks of serious complications of the respiratory virus and to encourage people to get vaccinated.

The number of confirmed flu cases reported to the Oneida County Health Department for the current season increased by more than 40 percent in just one week as flu is still considered widespread throughout NY.

One death was associated with an influenza A (H3) virus, one death was associated with an influenza A (H1N1) pdm09 virus and one death was associated with an influenza A virus for which no subtyping was performed. Almost all of the pediatric illnesses are linked to H1N1.

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A 3-year-old girl died of the flu in suburban Chicago on December 22, marking the state's first pediatric flu death of the season. Up to 84,00 of those people were hospitalized.

However, the Boston Children's Hospital's Computational Health Informatics Program (CHIP) has found a way to estimate the flu activity by using machine learning and forecasting methods together. None of those deaths have been children.

"Here's another proactive step you can take to protect your baby", Gupta said of a flu shot.

"It will be a game-changer", said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease at the National Institutes of Health. "The rate of flu vaccination of women of childbearing age, and especially those in the first trimester [of pregnancy], is unacceptably low", he said. The highest activity is generally seen from January through March. "The system continuously evaluates the predictive power of each independent method and recalibrates how this information should be used to produce improved flu estimates", says Santillana.

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The Arkansas Department of Health said Tuesday that a total of 11 people have died due to influenza.

Georgia Today quoted the country's health minister as saying that 640 people are being treated with the virus, of which 39 are in intensive care units. None of them had been vaccinated, he said.

Doctors say they expect another bad year for influenza cases.

Three people have died from the flu in ME so far this season, according to the state's Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

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