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    Link to state archive: http://www.msdh.state.ms.us/msdhsite...0,199,630.html

    2015-2016 Influenza Report Week 03
    January 17 – January 23, 2016
    http://www.msdh.state.ms.us/msdhsite...urces/6515.pdf
    ...
    During week 03 (01/17/16- 01/23/16), the overall state ILI rate (2.8%) was comparable to
    the previous week (2.5%), but was lower than this time last year (6.3%).
    ...
    During week 03 (week ending January 23rd), no laboratory confirmed influenza samples were
    identified by the MSDH Public Health Laboratory. One confirmed case has been identified during the
    2015 – 2016 season and it was identified as an influenza B.
    The influenza case was identified from Marshall County
    ...

    Twitter: @RonanKelly13
    The views expressed are mine alone and do not represent the views of my employer or any other person or organization.

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    2015-2016 Influenza Report Week 05
    January 31 – February 6, 2016
    http://www.msdh.state.ms.us/msdhsite...urces/6536.pdf
    ...
    During week 05 (01/31/16- 02/06/16), the overall state ILI rate (3.0%) was
    comparable to the previous week (3.3%), but was lower than this time last year (6.1%)
    ...
    During week 05 (week ending February 6th), no laboratory confirmed influenza samples were identified
    by the MSDH Public Health Laboratory. One confirmed case has been identified during the 2015 –
    2016 season and it was identified as an influenza B.
    The influenza case was identified from Marshall County.
    ...
    Twitter: @RonanKelly13
    The views expressed are mine alone and do not represent the views of my employer or any other person or organization.

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    • #3
      Health Officials Confirm First Pediatric Death of 2015-16 Flu Season
      February 19, 2016

      JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reports the first confirmed pediatric influenza death for the 2015-2016 flu season. The death occurred in an individual who lived in Northwest Mississippi. Pediatric deaths are defined as deaths of individuals under 18 years of age.


      Including this reported death, there have been a total of 14 pediatric flu deaths reported in Mississippi since pediatric flu deaths became reportable during the 2007-2008 flu season.

      “We know, unfortunately, that influenza infections can lead to serious complications and in some cases, death, even for healthy children and young adults,” said MSDH State Epidemiologist Dr. Thomas Dobbs. “Flu activity has been modest this year, but increasing lately. It’s not too late to get a flu shot. All indicators suggest that the current flu vaccine is a good match for the flu strains in Mississippi.”

      Dobbs said the flu vaccine is the best way to prevent infection, and for anyone six months of age and older, vaccination can reduce the risk of complications and death.

      “It’s very important to stay home when you’re sick so you don’t infect others. Also be sure to practice good hygiene such as covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, and washing your hands frequently. Please contact your healthcare provider if you think you have the flu. Medications are available that can lessen the severity of illness,” said Dobbs.

      Nationwide, an estimated 3,000-49,000 people die and more than 200,000 are hospitalized each year because of the flu.

      In Mississippi, only pediatric flu deaths are reported to MSDH. While individual flu cases are not reported to MSDH, the agency monitors flu activity through the Influenza-Like Illness (ILI) Sentinel Surveillance System, made up of healthcare providers in Mississippi who report the percentage of patients with flu-like symptoms to a statewide database. Healthcare providers participating in the system also submit respiratory samples for flu testing to the MSDH Public Health Laboratory. MSDH uses this information to determine the presence and spread of flu throughout the state.

      Symptoms of seasonal flu include fever, cough, and often, extreme fatigue. Sore throat, headache, muscle aches, and a runny or stuffy nose are also often present. More severe symptoms and death can also occur.

      Those particularly at risk for influenza complications include young children, adults 50 and older, pregnant women, and those with chronic illnesses. However even young and otherwise healthy people can have complications and die from the flu.

      For more information on flu and pneumonia, visit the MSDH website at www.HealthyMS.com/flu. Follow MSDH by email and social media at HealthyMS.com/connect.

      Follow MSDH by e-mail and social media at HealthyMS.com/connect.

      Press Contact: MSDH Office of Communications, (601) 576-7667
      Note to media: After hours or during emergencies, call 1-866-HLTHY4U (1-866-458-4948)
      http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/23,17349,341.html
      Twitter: @RonanKelly13
      The views expressed are mine alone and do not represent the views of my employer or any other person or organization.

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      • #4
        WS closes after 7th grader dies from flu, pneumonia
        Posted: Sunday, February 21, 2016 12:00 am
        Sarah Ozbun/sarahkramer@ddtonline.com | 0 comments
        GREENVILLE — A Washington School seventh-grade student died Friday from the flu and flu-pneumonia, prompting the school to close Friday, said headmaster Rodney Brown.
        Cheyenne Hicks was transferred from Delta Regional Medical Center to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, where she died.
        ...
        http://www.ddtonline.com/news/articl...6121160a9.html
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        The views expressed are mine alone and do not represent the views of my employer or any other person or organization.

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        • #5
          Influenza Report
          Week 07
          February 14 – February 20, 2016
          http://www.msdh.state.ms.us/msdhsite...urces/6581.pdf
          ...
          During week 07 (02/14/16- 02/20/16), the overall state ILI rate (3.6%) was comparable to the previous week (3.4%), but was lower than this time last year (6.3%).
          ...
          During week 07, three districts (2, 5, and 7) had an increase in ILI activity, while two districts (3 and 6) had a decrease. Four districts (1, 4, 8, and 9) remained about the same
          ...
          From week 40 (week ending October 10th) through week 07 (week ending February 20th), 15 positive influenza samples were identified by MSDH. Eight (53%) samples were identified as influenza A (H1), one (7%) as influenza A (H3), one as influenza A (unknown) (7%), and five (33%) were identified as influenza B. | Figure 5 The influenza cases were identified from the following counties: Chickasaw (1), Covington (1), Forrest (1), Jones (1), Leake (1), Lee (1), Marshall (3), Monroe (2), Pontotoc (3), and Washington (1).
          ...
          Mississippi has had one influenza-associated pediatric death reported during this influenza season
          ...
          Twitter: @RonanKelly13
          The views expressed are mine alone and do not represent the views of my employer or any other person or organization.

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          • #6
            Week 09
            February 28 – March 5, 2016
            http://www.msdh.state.ms.us/msdhsite...urces/6608.pdf

            During week 09 (02/28/16-03/05/16), theoverall state ILI rate (5.1%) increased when
            compared to the previous week (4.1%), but was lower than this time last year (6.5%).
            ...
            During week 09, seven districts (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, and 8) had an increase in ILI activity, while two districts
            (6 and 9) remained about the same.
            ...
            From week 40 (week ending October 10th) through week 09 (week ending March 5th), 24 positive
            influenza samples were identified by MSDH. Thirteen (54%) samples were identified as influenza A
            (H1), two (8%) as influenza A (H3), one as influenza A (unknown) (4%), and eight (33%) were identified
            as influenza B
            ...

            Twitter: @RonanKelly13
            The views expressed are mine alone and do not represent the views of my employer or any other person or organization.

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            • #7
              Influenza Report
              Week 11
              March 13 – March 19, 2016
              http://www.msdh.state.ms.us/msdhsite...urces/6621.pdf

              During week 11 (03/13/16- 03/19/16), the overall state ILI rate (4.2%) decreased from
              the previous week (5.5%), but was comparable to this time last year (4.1%).
              ...
              During week 11, one district (3) had an increase in ILI activity, while six districts (1, 2, 4, 5, 6, and 8)
              had a decrease. Two districts (7 and 9) remained about the
              same
              ...
              From week 40 (week ending October 10th) through week 11 (week ending March 19th), 30 positive
              influenza samples were identified by MSDH. Seventeen (57%) samples were identified as influenza A
              (H1), two (7%) as influenza A (H3), one as influenza A (unknown) (3%), and ten (33%) were identified as
              influenza B
              ...
              Twitter: @RonanKelly13
              The views expressed are mine alone and do not represent the views of my employer or any other person or organization.

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              • #8
                Week 12
                March 20 – March 26, 2016

                During week 12 (03/20/16- 03/26/16), the overall state ILI rate (4.1%) was
                comparable to the previous week (3.9%) and to this time last year (4.0%).
                ...
                During week 12, one district (6) had a slight increase in ILI activity, while two districts (2 and 3) had a
                decrease. Six districts (1, 4, 5, 7, 8, and 9) remained about the same.
                ...
                From week 40 (week ending October 10th) through week 12 (week ending March 26th), 30 positive
                influenza samples were identified by MSDH. Seventeen (57%) samples were identified as influenza A
                (H1), two (7%) as influenza A (H3), one as influenza A (unknown) (3%), and ten (33%) were identified as
                influenza B.
                ...
                http://www.msdh.state.ms.us/msdhsite...urces/6633.pdf

                Week 13
                March 27 – April 2, 2016
                http://www.msdh.state.ms.us/msdhsite...urces/6636.pdf

                During week 13 (03/27/16- 04/02/16), the overall state ILI rate (3.8%) was
                comparable to the previous week (3.9%) and to this time last year (3.2%).
                ...
                During week 13, two districts (1 and 9) had an increase in ILI activity, while four districts (2, 3, 5, and
                6) had a decrease. Three districts (4, 7, and 8) remained
                ...
                From week 40 (week ending October 10th) through week 13 (week ending April 2nd), 30 positive
                influenza samples were identified by MSDH. Seventeen (57%) samples were identified as influenza A
                (H1), two (7%) as influenza A (H3), one as influenza A (unknown) (3%), and ten (33%) were identified as
                influenza B.
                ...
                Mississippi has had one influenza-associated pediatric death reported during this influenza season.
                ...
                http://www.msdh.state.ms.us/msdhsite...urces/6636.pdf
                Twitter: @RonanKelly13
                The views expressed are mine alone and do not represent the views of my employer or any other person or organization.

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                • #9
                  Week 15
                  April 10 – April 16, 2016
                  http://www.msdh.state.ms.us/msdhsite...urces/6669.pdf

                  During week 15 (04/10/16- 04/16/16), the overall state ILI rate (3.6%) increased
                  slightly when compared to the previous week (3.1%) and to this time last year (2.7%).
                  ...
                  During week 15, four districts (2, 4, 6, and 9) had an increase
                  in ILI activity, while one district (3) had a decrease. Four
                  districts (1, 5, 7, and 8) remained about the same.
                  ...
                  From week 40 (week ending October 10th) through week 15 (week ending April 16th), 32 positive
                  influenza samples were identified by MSDH. Eighteen (56%) samples were identified as influenza A
                  (H1), three (9%) as influenza A (H3), one (3%) as influenza A (unknown), and ten (31%) were identified
                  as influenza B. | Figure
                  ...

                  Twitter: @RonanKelly13
                  The views expressed are mine alone and do not represent the views of my employer or any other person or organization.

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