Connolly said the exact cause of death is pending an autopsy by the medical examiner's office.
Unfortunately, the CDC says we still may not be at the peak of flu season yet. But the viruses can mutate in the eggs, and researchers are finding vaccine from the egg-grown viruses is not a good match to the H3N2 flu bugs in people.
By late January, national media were reporting the current flu season is "now more intense" or the "worst in almost a decade".
Thomas said that children as young as 6 months old can get a flu shot.
Residents are advised to contact their healthcare provider if they experience flu symptoms which include fever, chills, headache, sore throat, dry cough, and body aches.
"This is a tragic reminder of how serious the flu can be for some people, " Monica Bharel, the state's public health commissioner, said in a statement.
There have now been more than 4,000 confirmed cases of the flu in ME, according to lab tests reported to the state.
"It's earlier, it's heavier and lots more numbers of students (get) sick", Schroeder said of the flu on campus.
DPH estimates between 250 and 1,100 MA residents die annually from complications of influenza. Nash UNC Health Care on Monday reported that the hospital's Emergency Department has now treated 645 patients for flu since the beginning of the year, with the number of cases being seen daily still on the rise. A popular second-grade teacher, Heather Holland, in the small town of Weatherford, Texas died from the flu after she put off picking up a prescription because of the medication's more than $100 co-pay. The CDC states some individuals may have vomiting and diarrhea, though these symptoms are more common in children than adults.
Flu symptoms hit suddenly, but even then, it's best to go to the doctor for an examination.
Officials also recommend getting flu vaccinations and using antiviral drugs, like Tamiflu, to help combat the severity of the illness.
"Our best advice is to get a flu shot if you haven't already", Stumpf said.
Flu activity in Louisiana continues to be high throughout the state. "(They should) stay away from social gatherings and being close to people until they are without a fever for at least 24 hours because that is that infectious period". "Yes, wash your hands, avoid touching your face, stay home if you are sick but above all get vaccinated".
The flu virus is spread through droplets of saliva and mucus from the nose and mouth.