Denton County Reports First Flu Death of the 2019-2020 Flu Season

US on track for one of the worst flu seasons in decades	 	 	 			Getty Images

US on track for one of the worst flu seasons in decades Getty Images

There have been 459 flu-related hospitalizations the season-that's more than three times as many as a year ago at this time.

The NHS statistics also show rates of winter vomiting bug are a quarter higher, putting hospitals under mounting pressure.

While all Ballad health employees are required to get a flu vaccine, that hasn't stopped many from contracting the virus themselves.

In total, Global Positioning System saw 19.4 consulations per 100,000 registered population, up from 16 per 100,000 in the previous week.

The CDC estimates that so far this season there have been at least 6.4 million flu illnesses, 55,000 hospitalizations and 2,900 deaths from flu.

The health department urges people who have not received their flu shot to get one.

In fact, the United States as a whole has seen an extreme increase in flu activity over the last few weeks, putting the country on pace to exceed the flu levels witnessed in 2017-18. "Even if we are at peak, we still have half the flu season to go". These steps will also help prevent other respiratory viruses, including influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and rhinovirus. Of those illnesses, an estimated 9 percent were hospitalized.

The flu claims another life in North Carolina.

While it's too early to tell if this year's flu vaccine is effective against this year's flu strains, it's still the best way to protect yourself and avoid falling ill.

The State Department of Health has issued a statewide health advisory to health care providers following this dramatic increase in flu activity across New York State.

"There still time to get vaccinated", said Jeanette Kowalik, Milwaukee's Commissioner of Health.

This article has been updated to correct Leslie Jones' last name.

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