While states such as California and North Carolina have seen a significant number of flu deaths this season, US health officials said Friday that the nationwide effects of influenza are milder than last winter.
California, Fresno County According to The Los Angeles Times, there have been six flu-related deaths since October, the Fresno Bee reported on Friday, while 42 people lost their lives across the state.
In North Carolina, state health officials said six people In the past week, died of the flu. The death toll for the season has been increased to 16. In Maine, three people have died from the flu, according to the State Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
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The Arkansas Ministry of Health said on Tuesday that a total of 1
This year, influenza A H1N1 is the predominant strain, which, according to the officials, tends to have less severe symptoms than the prevalent strain that was in circulation last season.
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The Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has so far failed to estimate the total number of deaths this season, in part because it is so early. The flu usually starts after Christmas and reaches its peak in February.
Four people have died of influenza in Indiana this season, according to the state health department.
A 3-year-old girl died of influenza in a suburb of Chicago on December 22 marked the first death of child flu this season.
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Flu symptoms include fever or chills, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headache and tiredness.
According to public health experts, flu vaccines are the best way to prevent the flu.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.