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Flu cases on the rise in state, doctor says; 7 deaths reported so far

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SEATTLE — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the flu season has reached epidemic levels.

Fifteen children have died from influenza across the country and seven people have died so far in Washington state.

“We’re seeing accelerated cases of the flu in last two to three weeks,” said Dr. Yuan-Po Tu, a flu expert at the Everett Clinic, who also tracks Influenza cases across the state

“It looks like it’s shaping up to be a more vigorous season,” said Tu. “Our fear is that more of the elderly and the young infants will be affected more severely compared to previous seasons.”

The prevalent strain, H3N2, is not part of this year's vaccination. That cuts down the effectiveness of flu shots, and H3N2 is a strain that is particularly tough on the elderly and very young.

Tu expects the numbers to pick up when kids go back to school after winter break.

Symptoms for the flu include high fever, body aches, a sore throat and persistent cough.

 

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2 comments

  • Kevin Bond (@Cancerkiller543)

    I guess THE NO FLU AT ALL SEASON TO LAST FOREVER is very near – I got the power (like a God) to wipe out Flues, Colds, Ebola, AIDS, Malaria, TB, etc. in just a few days – I got my WVD – The Weapon of Virus Destruction – Just an exercise for a minute a day – The cure and prevention of any diseases, known on Earth for more than 2 million years – Even Tibetans don’t know how to stay absolutely healthy all the time – The price of the WVD for the whole world is 5 billion EURO/BUCKS/BP.

  • Nobody

    During flu season, employers whose employees touch the public or touch anything the public touches, as part of their jobs, should be required by law to require those employees to stay home WITH PAY when they have flu symptoms and with no threats of job loss for doing so. I’d like to be able to purchase groceries without being exposed to some poor sniffling coughing worker who fears staying home.