Unusually high flu activity expected to worsen, ND health department says

Unusually high flu activity expected to worsen, ND health department says

Meanwhile, Delaware's Division of Public Health (DPH) reported its first flu death of the season on December 13, 2017.

Doctors continue to warn Oklahomans about the dangers of the flu as the number of deaths related to the virus rises.

"That's about average for us here, but with number of cases going up in OH, we expect to see those trends pick up in Sandusky County", Brown said.

The most compelling statistic is the increase in reported flu cases from this time a year ago.

As cases of influenza across Washington increase, officials at the state Department of Health are urging people to get a flu shot now.

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Influenza A outbreaks are underway in about four long-term care facilities, and Adrienne Hansen-Taugher, manager of infectious disease prevention and emergency preparedness for Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington Public Health, said flu season is expected to peak over the holidays.

If people do get sick after a shot, the CDC said it could be because the protection doesn't kick in for two weeks from the time of injection, a time when a person is vulnerable. "Get your flu shot and get protected".

Experts predict this flu season to be severe. Vaccination is especially important for pregnant women, the elderly and others at high risk of influenza complications.

Fayette, Jefferson and Pike counties had the highest numbers of flu cases in the state. There were four deaths at this time a year ago. "A study published earlier this year in a pediatric journal shows that flu vaccination can significantly reduce a child's risk of dying from influenza", Koening said. Symptoms include fever, body aches, chills and a cough or sore throat.

It sounds very simple, she said, but everyone should dispose of all used tissues immediately after using them. Most of the time the flu shot doesn't cost anything, but if it does, the cost is $25, York said. They say there are other methods of stopping spread of the flu, such as having sick workers stay home, or keeping them away from patients.

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