Each of the victims, who ranged from 38 to 94 years old, had an underlying high-risk health condition that made him or her vulnerable to the flu, according to the county.
And there are about 14,000 deaths related to RSV among adults older than 65 each year. The doctor said it's important to receive the influenza vaccine even if it's not 100 percent effective.
Eight people in Pinal County have died this winter from the flu, county officials said Thursday in a release. It's able to prompt your immune system to make antibodies against the flu, so it's ready in case you encounter the real the thing.
"H3N2 generally affects younger children and seniors", Dr. Werker said.
"The whole state has seen an increase, although the very last week in December there may have been a slight drop in some of the indicators - just slight so we don't know if it's peaked yet", said Philip Huang, medical director of Austin Public Health.
The flu virus is rapidly spreading across the country, causing more deaths and hospitalizations. Compared to previous year, they've seen twice the number of flu patients this month, and they're all affected by Strain A.
"With influenza activity on the rise, individuals in these groups should take special precaution as we continue throughout the season", he said. If you're one of those people who start feeling flu symptoms, DO check with your primary care physician, whether it's a call or a visit, as soon as possible.
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Many of these patients are here because of the flu.
In Santa Barbara County, six people have died in the past two weeks, according to the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department.
If you get the flu, stay home and rest so you don't spread it to other people. These drugs work best when treatment begins within two days of symptoms starting but may still be helpful after that time.
Flu vaccines are covered by most insurance plans.
He said it's impossible to predict how each flu season will pan out. If you don't have insurance, the Minnesota Vaccines for Children program and the Uninsured and Underinsured Adult Vaccine program provide free or low-priced vaccines.
The spread of flu can be reduced if people stay home while sick, cover their coughs or sneezes, wash hands and avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.