Young people dying from flu

Flu Season Hits In The US After A Slow Start

On Thursday, the Oklahoma State Department of Health reported the first influenza-associated death in Oklahoma County for the 2018-2019 flu season.

ME had 510 confirmed influenza cases through January 5 - the latest figures available - down from 768 during the same time period in 2017-18.

Mema also says they've seen more younger people die from flu-related complications this year.

Health officials in Oklahoma County say a local resident had died from the flu.

According to a weekly activity report issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, flu activity in the state has been elevated to the highest level.

The CDC recommends older adults to get a pneumonia vaccine, along with the flu vaccine, due to complications pneumonia can cause as a result of the flu.

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"Flu season has arrived, and the CDC is reporting widespread influenza activity in our region".

"Kids get influenza, but the ones who are getting it we're seeing more of because they're more severely ill than previous year", Hoyano added. So, we're hoping for a better year than last year and one in which the vaccine will be about 50 to 60 percent effective.

Get plenty of rest and fluids if you're sick with influenza-like illness. We still need to do more research to determine if it's actually helping prevent transmission of the flu from one person to another.

The most common symptoms of the flu include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches and fatigue.

He is also encouraging parents with children six months and older to get their children immunized, and urging women who are pregnant to be vaccinated, since this provides some protection for newborns who are not old enough to get the vaccine themselves. When circulating viruses are substantially different from those in the vaccine, vaccine effectiveness can be reduced.

It's not too late to get your yearly flu vaccine to possibly avoid getting sick.

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It's also important to consider that the flu vaccine has been shown to be one of the safest vaccines available.

"Some years it peaks in February, sometimes it peaks in March or April", Bennett said.

"Patients with flu-like symptoms should only go to the hospital if they are experiencing severe respiratory distress, have a compromised immune system or are either very old or very young", said Dr. Ashraf Khan, System Director Epidemiology/Infect Control at Lee Health.

She said people should wash their hands, cover their coughs and stay home if they feel sick to avoid potentially spreading the flu.

Even though H1N1 influenza strain is of the same category as the swine flu virus that caused the pandemic ten years ago, the virologists are not as concerned as they were a decade ago.

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