2 more flu deaths in county bring season’s death toll to 11

Nora Nguyen
January 11, 2019

New Jersey health officials confirmed the state's first pediatric flu death on Tuesday.

By the last week in December, 7.4 percent of doctor visits in Georgia were for flu-like symptoms (compared to the baseline of 2.2 percent), and four deaths had been attributed to influenza (one patient was a child; the other three were senior citizens).

For reasons of medical privacy, the department will not be releasing additional information.

Last year, we opened 2018 urging those who had not yet received a flu shot to get one.

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The symptoms of flu can include fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue (tiredness). As a World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Influenza and the U.S. National Influenza Center, CDC monitors flu activity nationally and globally with other labs, looking for changes in circulating viruses.

The province said children under the age of six months are too young be immunized for the flu so if young kids have a fever and are showing flu-type symptoms, it is important to bring them to see a health-care provider as soon as possible.

Two additional flu deaths were reported in San Diego County last week, bringing this season's total to 11, but overall flu activity was down from the previous week and a year ago at this time according to the County Health and Human Services Agency.

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The Daily Herald reports it's the first confirmed flu-related death in IL during the current influenza season.

Price said flu season normally starts around October or November and can last until March or April. Because older people have a diminished immune response, the high dose trivalent vaccine is recommended for those 65 or older, and for those with chronic health conditions who may have less immunity. Residents should also remember that it takes about two weeks for the flu shot to take full effect. This season's batch, moreover, is being touted as much more effective than last year's.

The Marion County Public Health Department offers low-priced flu vaccine at its district health offices. Free shots are offered at all health department clinics throughout the state.

"Flu activity has taken off our projection is that it's going to continue to increase, probably for the next few months", says Dr. Andrew Walshak with Presbyterian/ St. Luke's Medical Center.

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