2 children die from the flu at Wichita hospital

Flu Deaths Rise in MO and AR

Flu Deaths Rise in MO and AR

That number is in line with a trend at local health departments.

A spokesperson for Wesley Medical Center said two children have died there because of the virus.

The CDC said all but two states and the D.C. reported "widespread" flu activities for the week ending on January 27, 2018. This year, the vaccine seems to be on the lower end of effectiveness, but it is impossible to know the effectiveness before the flu season ends.

"Working on a universal flu vaccine which will protect agaisnt all strains of the virus and be given every several years or ideally, only once in a lifetime."
Each year, flu causes millions of illnesses, hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands or sometimes tens of thousands of deaths in the United States. Both vaccines are covered by Medicaid and Medicare Part B. She said that information is reported to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Those who haven't gotten it should do so "immediately", Smith said.

People can harbor the flu virus whether they look ill or not, therefore doctors urge everyone to be vigilant. The hospital defines pediatric as newborns through 18-year-old. Only one state - OR - reported an easing of flu from the week before.

Because of the severity of this flu season, doctors have been sharing their knowledge and expertise on how to prevent colds and the flu.

An employee at the Walgreens pharmacy on Bank Street in New London said the phramacy still had a supply of flu vaccines, while CVS pharmacies in New London and Waterford said they had sold out.

"It's a real tough situation", he said.

It can be hard to determine if symptoms may be caused by the flu or a cold, although colds tend to be milder. People experiencing flu-like symptoms should call their health care provider if they have severe symptoms, trouble breathing, are pregnant, or have chronic health conditions such as lung or heart disease or diabetes.

Majority said they are making certain employees take the necessary precautions in terms of sanitizing their hands and their work areas.

What you should do if you have the flu?

From 120 to 2,000 die from complications of flu, according to estimates, the website states.

A flu patient being treated.

"I would envision that if you need the drug, you get the drug", Derden said.

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