Two deaths in Broward County linked to the flu

 

Broward health officials on Wednesday received reports of two flu-related deaths in the county in recent days.

One of the deaths was at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood; the other at University Hospital in Tamarac.

Both patients, according to the Broward Health Department, were over the age of 18.

“This year we haven’t seen the peak yet, I think this is just the beginning as far as the incidence and prevalence of flu,” said Dr. Nabil El Sanadi, Chief Medical Officer of Emergency at Broward Health.

So far flu season in Broward and Miami-Dade counties, and all across Florida, have been mild compared to other states where it is widespread. Twenty children, according to the Centers for Disease Control, have died nationwide as of January 11.

“The very old and the very young people that are infirm and immuno-compromised are more vulnerable to have flu and flu complications,” said Dr. El Sanadi.

Symptoms of the flu include: fever, cough, sore throat, muscle aches, headaches, fatigue and vomiting.

The CDC recommends that everyone six months of age or older should get vaccinated against the flu.

This year’s vaccine has performed well in those who took it. The CDC also said to take precautions like washing your hands to help protect against the flu.

According to Google Flu Trends, this year’s flu season hasn’t reached the level it was last year, but January was the peak month of cases last year.

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