Number of flu-related deaths in CT jumps to 112

Twice a year every year the UN's World Health Organization bets on the flu—which virus types are likely to dominate in

Twice a year every year the UN's World Health Organization bets on the flu—which virus types are likely to dominate in

"While these numbers are encouraging, I continue to urge anyone who hasn't yet been vaccinated to get vaccinated to protect yourself and your loved ones", said state Health Commissioner Howard Zucker.

Twelve people died from the flu between February 25 and March 3, bringing the total number of flu deaths in the state to 276, according to data released by health officials on Thursday.

Senior citizens are among the hardest hit this flu season in S.C., as approximately 2,339 people 65 and older have been hospitalized.

"You just need to walk in and ask for a free flu shot", the release states.

Health officials said flu activity has already peaked in the state, but it remains high and widespread. Northern and Eastern Virginia were struck more severely than Central Virginia, according to health department data for the week ending March 3.

The number of patients with flu symptoms seeking treatment at Patient First in Midlothian has also declined over the past two weeks, to numbers more typical for this time of year, says staff physician Elizabeth Jenkins.

The number of patients showing up at CT emergency rooms has dropped for the fourth week in a row.

Yet twice a year, every year, the UN's World Health Organization (WHO) bets on the flu - which virus types are likely to dominate in the coming season?

Cape Fear Valley Medical Center and Southeastern Regional Hospital restricted visitors in late January because of the flu.

Mecklenburg County does not report flu statistics until the end of the season.

While the flu season has been severe, it was not a pandemic, Priest said.

The flu vaccine is also offered at locations outside of Tulsa.

Restrictions remain in place at local hospitals, including the newly named Atrium Health (Carolinas HealthCare System) and Novant Health's Presbyterian Medical Center, which have banned visits to patients by children 12 and under.

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