Health officials report first child flu death in state

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Earlier this week, County officials announced that more than 1,640 flu cases have been reported this season, compared to 451 cases reported at this time previous year.

Health experts advise people who have not gotten the vaccine to go ahead and do so.

A release from the department sums up the symptoms to watch for as "fever, cough, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, headache, muscle aches, and extreme fatigue". "People become protected about two weeks after receiving the vaccine", said Dr. Taylor.

Have you been hit by the flu? This is especially important for populations most at-risk for getting the flu: the very young and the elderly. As of December 22, 2017, DE has recorded 129 laboratory-confirmed flu cases this season, with 49 of those cases requiring hospitalization. This year they're suggesting prescription antiviral drugs like oseltamivir (the pill is perhaps known better by its brand name, Tamiflu.) Other options include an inhaled antiviral called zanamivir and the injection peramivir.

She said at Adventist Health Urgent Care, about 30 patients a day had the flu. Out of the blue, you feel exhausted, your muscles ache and your forehead feels hot. Stay at least 6 feet away from individuals who are visibly ill. In shared households, anyone who has the flu should be in a separate sick room. "Those things make us concerned that we're going to have a lot of sick people". "Use it whenever you touch door knobs or open doors". Drink lots of it, along with other clear liquids to prevent fluid loss or dehydration.

Still, the CDC is cautioning that the flu will likely peak between now and the end of January.

Because the flu is a viral infection, antibiotic drugs are completely useless against this illness.

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Adults with these emergency warning signs also need to see a doctor without delay: Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath; pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen; sudden dizziness; confusion; severe or persistent vomiting.

Because the flu virus changes each season, new vaccines have to be developed each year. Officials say 132 were hospitalized last week.

'As far as past seasons where H3N2 has been predominant, there have been more hospitalizations and complications with it, ' said Texas Health and Human Services Commission spokeswoman Lara Anton. Most cases have involved those 65 years and older living across the Twin Cities metro.

While local healthcare providers have seen an increase in flu cases, "health officials believe the local flu season has not yet peaked", county officials said.

Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University, told CNN previously that "when we measure vaccine effectiveness, that's effectiveness against protecting against disease completely". The children's vaccine is available at all DCHHS immunization clinics.

"Everybody, who I've seen, who've had flu, a lot of them have not had the flu shot", DeMoss told ABC affiliate KABC-TV.

Since October, nearly 3,500 vaccines have been given at 25 different flu vaccination clinics throughout the city, including a drive-through vaccination clinic.