At this same time a year ago, there were not any.
Seven students of the SHS had in April, been killed by cerebrospinal meningitis (CSM) and Dr. Tinkorang said although they were yet to establish why the same school should be hit by these infections within a space of about seven months, the two were unrelated. "February is usually the peak season for numbers to grow". "This year in Australia, it looks like it's about 10 percent".
Dr. Shaffner says this year's vaccine is good, but it's never flawless. Gale Burstein says it may or may not be completely effective against the flu virus variants circulating this year, but it is a lot better than no protection.
The Minority Chief Whip in Parliament Muntaka Mubarak has urged families of the four students who died at the Kumasi Academy following the outbreak of Influenza H1N1 to sue government for negligence. While health officials recommend everyone receive a flu shot, older people, young children, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions are more vulnerable to complications.
While the flu can be especially risky for the elderly, he says everyone needs to get the vaccine.
Dr Michael Osterholm, who directs The Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, told Business Insider that the vaccine is, at best, around 10 percent effective on H3N2.
Flu season begins in October and lasts until May.
"It just depends actually on each region", Rodriquez said.
An above-average flu season in the US?
Those numbers are, based off comparisons from Australia, which is wrapping up its flu season.
"If you get the flu shot, at least you've done everything in your power to keep from getting it", McCoy said.
"This (report) is not a reason to not get a flu shot", Saul said. "But it is a wise choice - it's a healthy choice". Go to https://www.vaccinefinder.org to find a location near you where you can get vaccinated.
DE officials say a 47-year-old man from New Castle County is the first flu-related death of the season.
Otherwise, common sense practices can help you stave off some of the chance of being sick or making others ill, both Lantrip and Rodriquez said.