All the deaths happened in Benton County.
"We offer our deepest sympathies to the individual's loved ones", he added.
The latest Public Health England figures, released on Thursday, showed that hospitalisation levels for flu are 2.5 times higher than the same point past year.
Additionally, the number of patients nationwide hospitalized for flu-like symptoms doubled in the past two weeks, which is up roughly 35 percent from the same time previous year. These early indicators suggest that it may be more severe than usual.
With widespread cases of influenza being reported in most US states, the virus is just below the threshold of activity that the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention use to declare an epidemic.
Louisiana isn't the only state to see a more severe flu season than normal.
"This includes babies and young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions and people 65 years and older", said a Louisiana Department of Health press release. He said Monday he was convinced that the current system, which has medical leaders from across the region monitoring the flu in real time and meeting in person twice per week, is enough for the time being.
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Experts say many patients aren't aware when they're putting themselves at risk. "We urge everyone who has not received a flu shot yet to get one now".
John Charles said, "We've seen an increase in the flu since the beginning of the year".
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all Americans older than 6 months get the flu vaccine every year to prevent the flu.
"Avoid having unnecessary contact with other people if you or they have symptoms of flu". "Everyone six months and older who have not yet gotten vaccinated should get their flu vaccine as soon as possible". If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. Stay home until you are better, at least for 24 hours after your fever is gone. Germs spread this way. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
Statewide, 29 flu deaths had been reported this season as of December 30, with 26 flu-like outbreaks in long-term care facilities, according to the state Department of Health. Antiviral drugs may be prescribed to treat the flu. That does not take into account all those who have come down with the flu but have not sought medical care.
Doctors in West Michigan are asking people to do what they can to protect themselves from the influenza viruses. Vaccine effectiveness does vary for the different strains each year.