Another 13 flu deaths, county reports

The flu continues to impact Central Albertans

Over 2,400 patients had been hospitalized with confirmed cases of flu during that same period.

For this flu season, there have been 224 deaths of people 65 or older, 57 for ages 50 to 64, 14 for ages 25 to 49, five for ages 5 to 17, four for ages 18 to 24, and one from birth to age 4.

State health officials reported 29 more flu deaths in North Carolina.

This has been a particularly severe flu season in the region and across the country.

Meanwhile, the total of flu-related deaths rose by 29 statewide to a modern-day record of 305. 12, the hospitalization rate for the flu was 68 people per 100,000. Health officials and hospital infection control specialists continue to monitor flu activity in the community. "The strains tend not to circulate at the same time".

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Although the numbers are high, data provided by the health department appears to indicate that we have hit the peak of flu season.

· Get vaccinated. All residents 6 months of age and older should be vaccinated against influenza, pneumonia (if recommended) and pertussis (if recommended) unless there are known allergies to these vaccines. The season started on October 1.

At Carolinas Healthcare Center and Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center, children 12 and under were restricted from visiting patients to prevent the spread of the flu. The agency is waiving administrative for the flu shot at its public health clinics. They also prepare your immune system for battling the flu viruses before they have a chance to make you sick.

Megan Tinkel, a spokeswoman for the Allen County health department, said the flu season has been so far unpredictable.

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