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Hawaii flu cases continue climb; 8 more children die nationally

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 10:00 a.m. HST, Jan 25, 2013

New government figures show that flu cases seem to be leveling off nationwide. Flu activity is declining in most regions although still rising in the West — including Hawaii.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says hospitalizations and deaths spiked again last week, especially among the elderly. The CDC says quick treatment with antiviral medicines is important, in particular for the very young or old. The season's first flu case resistant to treatment with Tamiflu was reported today.

Eight more children have died from the flu, bringing this season's total pediatric deaths to 37. About 100 children die in an average flu season.

There is still vaccine available although it may be hard to find. The CDC has a website that can help.


CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/

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TLehel wrote:
I will never go get a flu shot. I believe that something like the flu is something that if you get it, you get it. Plus, the risks involved in the flu shot are too great. I've heard of terrible things happening to people who got it. Not ruining my life trying to prevent sickness.
on January 25,2013 | 09:38AM
BlueDolphin53 wrote:
If you can help prevent illness, you wouldn't take it? Sorry, but that makes no sense. As far as those terrible things associated with the flu shot, I think you're very misinformed if you think it will ruin you life.
on January 25,2013 | 11:02AM
HAJAA1 wrote:
Some people are just ignorant.
on January 25,2013 | 11:07AM
Ripoff wrote:
Yup i have a friend who's totally ignorant about getting the flu shot...plus he's old and believes that there's no need for medical insurance but refuses to drop his coverage
on January 25,2013 | 12:06PM
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