Flu death toll rises to six as virus 'now circulating more intensely'

As flu outbreak numbers rise, the HSE says it's not too late to get your vaccine

"As long as flu viruses are circulating, it is not too late to get vaccinated, even in January or later", the CDC says on its website. "We don't think it's peaked yet".

These tests are rapid, like the name suggests but depending on the actual strain of the virus going around they can have varying success in properly identifying the flu.

The child, whose identity was not disclosed, was from the southwest county area and was taken to a hospital outside the county, where the death occurred last week, according to Riverside University Health System officials.

Symptoms of the flu include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches and headache.

Many medical clinics and pharmacies offer flu shots.

His mother, Kelly Hazenfield, said she fears the flu will "ramp up" in local schools.

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"I wish I had a crystal ball", Melnick said. Previous year at this time, 91 people had died from the flu.

Experts said that this year's flu vaccination is a good match to the strains in circulation and it is not too late to get vaccinated.now most cases involve influenza A, last year it was influenza B that was heavily dominant.

Flu-like illnesses are trending above the county's historical five-year average. However, it does not count people who deal with the illness alone and do not report their symptoms.

However, while no outbreak has been reported to-date, the HSE has told the Limerick Leader that it expects "the number of flu cases in the Mid-West would increase in the coming weeks" as the mercury starts to drop.

14 out of 205 (7 percent) laboratory specimens tested positive for influenza. According to the Clark County Weekly Influenza Update, issued by Public Health, the influenza positivity rose to 11.4 percent last week.

Since December 1 last, there have been 39 confirmed cases in the Mid-West, and 26 of these detections were resident in Limerick.

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