Published: Fri, March 03, 2017
Health Care | By Jeffery Armstrong

New Mexico health agency: Flu activity widespread in state

New Mexico health agency: Flu activity widespread in state

Stephens county reports 19 hospitalizations and two deaths related to the virus.

Sixteen more North Carolinians have died from the flu between February 19 and February 25.

Sixteen more people died from complications of the flu in North Carolina last week, making it the deadliest week this flu season as the prevalence of the viral illness continues to increase.

It's no secret that the flu bug is going around, hitting offices, schools and leaving many feeling under the weather. The recent CDC report noted that the flu hospitalization rate for United States senior citizens is 155.2 per 100,000, higher than for any other age group.

The other outbreaks were in nursing homes, she said.

Flu symptoms include a 100-degree Fahrenheit fever, cough and/or sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headaches, body aches, chills, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea. Despite the recent unseasonably warm weather in Maryland and other states, flu activity levels have remained high and widespread in the state with 52% of all influenza-related hospitalizations occurring in those age 65 and older.

Flu can be a serious illness for the elderly, children younger than 5, pregnant women, and people with certain medical conditions, such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease. According to a weekly map published by the CDC tracking flu activity across the country, only six states carry less than a "widespread" designation - the most significant category on the map. The high-dose flu vaccine was approved in 2009 in the US for adults 65 and older.

Colorado moved from regional activity to widespread.

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