"This has been a particularly tough flu season so far", said Dr. Anita Kurian, assistant director for Metro Health's Communicable Diseases department. Their families said they were healthy until the sudden illness struck.
Of the deaths, 48 were people 65 and over; 12 ages 50-64; three ages 19-49; and two were 18 and under.
Flu season remains high across the state and could get worse over the next month.
The flu vaccine covers influenza strains that are predicted to circulate in the community for a given year.
How does the flu lead to death?
"In Wilkes, more and more patients are testing "flu positive" and the severity of symptoms has increased". Sepsis can affect multiple organ systems, sometimes causing organ failure and resulting in death.
Flu experts believe that something called "imprinting" is key when it comes to fighting off viruses like the flu.
More than 4,000 people in New Jersey have had the flu this season. Young children, older people and those with certain health conditions are at especially high risk for serious complications. If you do not have health insurance or your health insurance is not accepted, you will not be turned away and there will be no cost. The faulty protection of the vaccine has allowed the contagious virus to spread more easily.
But the lack of effective surveillance to assess its prevalence makes determining the toll of adenovirus hard, the report says, and the lack of a vaccine could leave civilians living in cramped quarters needlessly vulnerable.
So you have the flu. And after a few days, you should expect them to start saying they're feeling a little bit better. If you contract it, there are prescription medications like Tamiflu and Relenza (or zanamivir), that can be used to ease symptoms, but they won't get rid of them. Like then, the predominant strain is the H3N2 virus.
Matthew Miller, who studies the flu at McMaster University in Canada, told Business Insider that preliminary data from America's northern neighbor suggests the Canadian boomers are just as sick as their American counterparts.
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