Influenza claimed the lives of two more people last week, increasing the number of deaths from flu related complications to 12, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said on Wednesday.
According to the CDC, 30 new cases of severe complications related to influenza were confirmed from Nov. 6 to Nov. 12 and there have been 117 severe flu cases since July.
From Oct. 28 to Nov. 11, 30 people aged 46-103, developed serious complications from influenza A, the CDC said, adding that 93 percent of the patients had a history of chronic disease and 97 percent had not received a flu vaccination.
The two people who died both contracted H3N2, according to Dr. Lin Yung-ching (???) of the CDC.
Only four of the 117 patients who experienced severe flu complications had received a flu vaccination, according to CDC Deputy General Chuang Jen-hsiang (???).
Most patients suffering from flu complications are over 50, Chuang noted, adding that only about 2.1 million out of 8.2 million people over the age of 50 had received a flu vaccination nationwide.
Vaccination is the most effective way to prevent the flu, Chuang said, urging high-risk groups such as seniors over 65, infants and children, patients with chronic diseases and pregnant women to get their shots as soon as possible.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel