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    Number of deaths from flu epidemic rises to 17, say heath officials
    With 167 people hospitalized in serious condition after contraction the virulent strain, the doctors warn the number of patients suffering from the disease is set to rise in the coming weeks; urge Israelis to receive flu vaccines
    Inbar Twizer |
    Updated: 01.02.20 , 20:33

    Two more people have died from complications relating to the flu virus, bringing the death toll of the developing epidemic to 17, the Ministry of Health said Thursday.

    Despite the flu season just starting to unfold, at least 167 people have already been hospitalized in a serious condition with complications stemming from the virulent strain, compared to just 56 people last year.

    A 40-year-old man was pronounced dead earlier in the day after being admitted to a hospital in critical condition after developing flu complications. The doctors at Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer in Tel Aviv said the man did not suffer from any underlying health conditions.

    Last week, a one-year-old toddler and two teens - aged 19 and 14 respectively - passed away after suffering complications from the flu virus...
    Last edited by tetano; January 8, 2020, 04:15 PM.

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    22 dead in Israel’s worst flu season in a decade

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Twenty two Israelis have died so far this flu season, according to a Health Ministry report.

    The ministry released a report on Monday, and updated numbers were released on Tuesday. In addition to the deaths, 216 people have been hospitalized in serious condition due to complications.

    Most of the deaths have been related to the A-Type sub-species of the H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu.

    The report said it is the worst flu season in a decade.

    As of Jan. 1, 2020, some 1,965,000 received this year’s vaccine, which is about 22 percent of the population. Many health clinics reported a shortage of vaccines, though new stocks are expected to come in the coming days, Ynet reported.