Published: Sat, February 17, 2018
Medical | By Jackie Banks

Free flu vaccines offered by state; first clinic today in Whitehall

Free flu vaccines offered by state; first clinic today in Whitehall

Connolly said the exact cause of death is pending an autopsy by the medical examiner's office. That would be 2014-2015, when the CDC reported a 19% flu prevention rate and blamed a mismatch between the strains in the vaccine and the ones causing illness.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported 63 flu-related child deaths in the USA this season.

In Virginia, 31 people have died so far this flu season, according to the state health department. "We are committed to doing everything we can to make people aware of what they can do to avoid the flu and what they can do once they have it". But this season's dominant strain, known as H3N2 or the "Hong Kong" flu, is especially virulent because it tends to mutate more than other strains, rendering our vaccines less effective.

Somewhere between 250 and 1,100 MA residents die on an annual basis from complications of influenza.

According to influenza surveillance reports compiled by the Department for the week of January 28 to February 3, influenza activity remains very high in the state.

"In view of the issues surrounding colds and flu that seem to be hitting our section, we are repeating the efforts to thoroughly clean and sanitize our schools", Scully said in a statement. Influenza B is more common in children than in adults. Symptoms last from a few days to up to a week or more.

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According to the Center for Disease Control, in the fall, 90% of flu cases were Influenza A. However, Influenza B is now on the rise, making up nearly half of Arizona cases last week.

But there is a piece of surprising good news: In children younger than 9, it offers much greater protection, reducing by more than half the risk of becoming so sick that they need to see a doctor. If symptoms do not improve or worsen rapidly, they should seek medical attention immediately. She shared she recommends individuals get the flu shot because when a vaccine exists to prevent an illness, it should be utilized.

Visit KnockOutFlu.org for places to get your vaccine, weekly flu activity updates, and frequently asked questions and concerns about the flu vaccine. "I've been telling my children not to put their hands in their mouths, and to wash their hands as often as they can".

Cover their coughs and sneezes. Studies have shown that flu is associated with an increased risk of heart attacks and stroke.

What that number means is that if you are vaccinated and you run into a flu virus, you have a 64 percent chance of getting sick.

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