1st flu-related child death reported in New Jersey

10 January, 2019, 23:11 | Author: Bruce West
  • As flu outbreak numbers rise, the HSE says it's not too late to get your vaccine

Dr Kevin Kelleher, HSE Assistant National Director, Health Protection, said that Ireland had now entered the flu season.

While anyone can get the flu, those with the highest risks of serious complications include young children; women who are pregnant; people with chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, or heart and lung disease; and people ages 65 and older.

CDC officials say there were 510 confirmed influenza cases through January 5 - down from 768 during the same time period in 2017-2018. Flu shots tend to work better against H1N1 than they do against H3N2, so higher early-season vaccination rates may mean that fewer people are getting sick.

"We are seeing the shift from the elderly people in the last couple of years, while this year is more of a younger demographic", said Dr. Silvina Mema, Interior Health Medical Health Officer.

A San Francisco resident has died from flu-related causes, the first such death in the city this season, the San Francisco Department of Public Health announced Wednesday. An estimated 960,000 people were hospitalized and an estimated 79,000 died due to flu complications during the 2017-2018 flu season.

H1N1 has been the most common strain of the virus seen so far this season, which experts anticipate will be milder than last year's strain. Influenza can have symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue, public health officials said. When circulating viruses are substantially different from those in the vaccine, vaccine effectiveness can be reduced.

Arkansas recorded 227 deaths last flu season, which was the most on record for the past three decades. If people get their vaccine at a Safeway, they will get a 10 percent off coupon for their next grocery purchase.

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There have been 1,723 lab confirmed cases of the flu since September 1. The more people who are vaccinated, the less likely the virus is to spread - protecting those who are most vulnerable, including babies, older adults, and people with compromised immune systems.

If you get the flu, your doctor may prescribe antiviral drugs to treat your flu symptoms. The CDC recommends the vaccine for anyone over the age of 6 months old, he added.

Healthy adults can also provide what's called herd immunity for others by getting the flu shot.

Thomas shared the flu shot is comprised of what flu strands were circulating the year prior. When they get sick, we test them for the flu and find out whether or not they received a vaccine.

So far, the flu has claimed the lives of 13 Oklahomans and led to 331 hospitalizations statewide, according to the Oklahoma City-County Health Department.

Zaleski said there have been no pediatric deaths in the county from the flu this season.

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