2 more die of Swine Flu at SKIMS, toll rises to 27

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"It's unpredictable", she said. Some protection is better than none, and the flu may be less severe in people who have been vaccinated.

Administrators with the FWISD are asking students who are sick to stay home and wait 24 hours after their fever returns to normal before returning to school.

"Some people just choose to stay home and tough it out", Kaltenberg said.

Anyone whose symptoms improve but return with fever or worse cough should get help right away.

The 2017-18 flu season in OH and nationally is looking similar to what was seen during the 2014-15 flu season which at the time was the most severe flu season in recent years, according to the (CDC). Normally we don't peak until January and February, but it started long before the holidays this year.

"It's safe to say that we are now experiencing a flu outbreak and these three voluntarily reported flu-related deaths reflect that", said Chief Epidemiologist Russell Jones. "It gets really complicated really fast", she said.

Today, officials with Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) confirmed three flu-related deaths in the county.

The CHP has collaborated with public hospitals under the Hospital Authority and private hospitals to monitor influenza-associated admissions to intensive care units (ICU) and deaths among patients aged 18 years or above as routine surveillance throughout the year starting in 2018. Flu vaccination is available at most healthcare providers' offices, local health departments and retail pharmacies. De Lota said feeling vaccine reactions for a few days is nothing compared to getting the actual flu. "Last year, Mohave County experienced a similar spike in activity as this same time, and it did end up being our peak activity".

As of last week Tulare County Public Health has received reports that two Tulare County women have died from influenza-related infection: one from influenza A and the other from influenza B. The numbers of patients with the flu have increased in the county over the last month.

"All four strains are circulating to some level, but the majority (of cases) are the strain we know causes more severe influenza seasons", Baber said.

Anti-viral drugs can be prescribed for people with underlying heart or respiratory illnesses, and they should arrange that in advance, even if they've had the seasonal flu shot, Kendall said.

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