As Nasty Flu Season Strikes U.S., NH Sees 5 Deaths So Far
CONCORD — Five people have died so far from the flu in New Hampshire, but health experts at the state level say the illness is not widespread.
According to the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, the deaths occurred in Cheshire, Hillsborough, Merrimack, Rockingham and Strafford counties.
Influenza is not a reportable disease in New Hampshire, but mechanisms are in place to monitor flu-like illness in the Granite State.
DHHS information shows acute respiratory illness activity from Dec. 31 to Jan. 6 is characterized as "very high" in Strafford and Rockingham counties. Activity was labeled as "high" in Grafton, Belknap and Merrimack counties and "moderate" in Coos, Carroll, Sullivan and Hillsborough counties.
Those who died were adults.
"No pediatric influenza-related deaths have been identified this influenza season," according to a DHHS report.
The flu season began Oct. 1 and runs to mid-May.
In Maine, officials say numbers of flu cases are so far less than in other states, but the strain that is making the rounds is more severe.
The DHHS has a comprehensive collection of information available about lessening the chances of getting the flu online.