Four flu-related deaths in Medina County this season

Four flu-related deaths in Medina County this season

Four flu-related deaths in Medina County this season

Dr. Walshak says it's not too late to get the flu shot.

Across the country, the flu is considered to be widespread in two dozen states, including North Carolina.

While there were 64 new lab-confirmed cases of the flu reported in the last week of December, it was a drastic drop from the week before which saw 294 new cases.

A total of 13 children have died so far this flu season.

This time previous year, there was a strong flu strain, forcing hospital facilities to impose strict visiting restrictions which remained in place ever since. The culprit for this year seems to be the H1N1 virus.

There have been 11 deaths reported this flu season compared to 91 at this point during the 2017-18 season.

Since the 1970s, two major Type A flu varieties have coexisted: H3N2 and H1N1. It was last seen during the 2015-16 season.

Shahab said immunization rates for kids should be higher.

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This year, for much the same reason, we are repeating that advice. "Influenza is always risky", Schaffner said.

Lee Health also has some prevention advice with getting the flu vaccine, as well as the pneumococcal vaccine, topping its list.

The influenza immunization is recommended for everyone age 6 months and older (if there are no medical conditions that discourage it.) For those who absolutely can not tolerate hypodermic needles, there is a jet injector available which uses a high pressure narrow stream of vaccine to penetrate the skin using compressed gas or springs. It is not too late to get vaccinated. The flu vaccine, when given by a pharmacist at a network pharmacy, is covered by the pharmacy benefit for free.

THE HSE has urged Limerick people in at-risk groups for the flu to get vaccinated, as the number of cases are expected to increase in the coming weeks. "And throughout January and February, it kept lingering". Parents should keep their sick children at home so they do not spread the flu to others. "This is called 'herd immunity, '" he explained. If people get their vaccine at a Safeway, they will get a 10 percent off coupon for their next grocery purchase. The shot is a vaccine that helps protect you against the seasonal flu virus.

"We also have good evidence that having a flu shot greatly reduces the risk of hospitalization or death even for those who do get the flu anyway", he added. Most likely the person was exposed before the vaccination.

"Complacency worries me most of all. So what we like to say, 'It's really not all about you'". Those with egg allergies should consult with their physician before getting this vaccine however.

Influenza is a respiratory illness that can cause fever, cough, sore throat, body aches and fatigue.

Price said some people confuse the flu with a common cold, but there are differences you can spot.

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