Delaware Officials Announce First Flu-Related Death Of 2017-18 Season

Delaware Officials Announce First Flu-Related Death Of 2017-18 Season

Though the study authors recommend wider use of flu vaccination to help drive down the flu mortality burden, Sullivan pointed out that current vaccine are imperfect and expected benefits might be overstated, especially for older people.

Virginia is considered one of just seven states across the country with widespread flu activity and it is still very early in this season.

He predicts the peak of flu season will hit sometime between late December and early March 2018.

"The flu-shot-phobic people will hear that and say, 'Of course!" Persons over the age of 65 years will receive the seasonal flu vaccine free of charge.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health today reported the first influenza-associated death in Tulsa County for the 2017-2018 flu season.

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In addition to lowering your chances of getting the flu, the shot can also make the illness milder if you do catch it. Studies of pregnant women who get the flu shot have also shown it can reduce their newborns' risk of catching the flu by half.

"We are seeing a steadily increasing number of patients with influenza in the community and in the hospital", said Steve Lawrence, MD, Washington University infectious disease expert at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. "Even in seasons when the vaccine is not a great match to the circulating flu strains, a flu shot is still the best protection an individual can get to protect not only against influenza disease but also from severe illness, hospitalization and death from flu-related complications". Residents 18 and older can often get a flu vaccine at a local pharmacy.

"It is concerning, because we plan for our influenza season based on what's going on in the Southern Hemisphere, but that doesn't necessarily mean that our vaccine's gonna be 10% effective during our season", said Brock. Roughly 40 percent of the United States population opts for the vaccine every year, and the CDC estimates it prevents about 5 million flu cases annually across the country.

Symptoms of flu can include headache, chills and cough, followed rapidly by fever, loss of appetite, muscle aches, fatigue, runny nose, sneezing, watery eyes and throat irritation. According to health officials, the problem is the flu virus is constantly changing. So mention this to your doctor when you go for your vaccine! Influenza A accounted for 31 of those cases, and there were two reported cases of Influenza B.

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