Flu not hitting area as hard as other counties

Ill boy lying in bed. sad child with fever and ice bag on head

The first flu-related death of the season in Dallas County happened last Friday.

Dr. Jeffrey D. Howard, acting commissioner of the state Department for Public Health, said there's still time to get a flu shot.

DPHHS says cases of the flu are slightly higher then they were at this time in 2016.

As a bonus, when you are vaccinated, you are contributing to the immunity of the "herd", meaning that the more members vaccinated the less the disease spreads and the greater the protection afforded to the younger and older members of the population.

Brown said Thursday that Sandusky County has reported four flu-related hospitalizations in December, and nine since the beginning of September.

Speaking on RTÉ's News At One, he said the vaccine has a very safe record.

"There are so many places you can go now, but at the health department we do immunization from age 6 months and up while some pharmacies only do 14 and up", Brown said.

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So far this season, the Arizona Department of Health Services has seen 2,976 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza across the state, 1,188 cases being confirmed in the last week alone.

A 73-year-old and an 80-year-old died after complications from the seasonal flu. Vaccination is more important for people with weakened immune systems, as well as those who are pregnant, elderly or live with or care for others at high risk. "If you have guests, limit contact".

Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs. Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue. DPH officials recommend you seek out medical advice if you develop flu symptoms.

Shots take about two weeks to take full effect.

Children may experience nausea and vomiting.

Burton has been in nursing since 1989; and has worked in infection prevention for the past seven and a half years.

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