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4 tips to help you avoid the flu during peak flu season

4 tips to help you avoid the flu during peak flu season

"The death of a child is always tragic, but this fatality is a reminder that the flu can be serious and often deadly", said Dr. Maxwell Ohikhuare, county health officer, in a news release.

Individuals who are at high risk for developing flu-related complications should exercise particular caution during flu season.

"At this time there are no indications that flu is impacting facilities in such a degree that they can no longer accept patients", Antonisse said.

"The state of Kansas is listed as widespread influenza activities. Please don't flood the emergency departments with simple flu symptoms". The other is from testing at state labs of cultures submitted from locations across the state, including several in Greenville and Pitt County.

Two deaths from influenza have been reported so far. Pitt County is not following the trend, Morrow said.

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That number increased to 924, according to the latest AHS report.

CDPH recommends all Californians aged 6 month and older, including pregnant women, get the annual flu vaccine.

At Cook Children's, 427 patients were tested for the flu between January 15 and January 21, with 100 testing positive for influenza A and five for influenza B, Whitworth said.

Although health officials concentrate on tracking influenza because of its potentially deadly consequences, it also records cases of other viruses that affect the lungs and nasal passages, including rhinovirus responsible for the common cold and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), a cough and low-grade fever that's common among children. This year's most prominent flu strain appears to be H3N2, an "A" type strain known to cause more severe symptoms, especially in very young and elderly people. The death occurred in Riverside County. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year, CDC officials said. Scientists led by Luis Martinez-Sobrido, Ph.D., associate professor in the department of Microbiology and Immunology created two "live-attenuated" vaccines against H3N8 canine influenza virus, which is now circulating in dogs in the U.S. Past research shows that live-attenuated vaccines, made from live flu virus that is dampened down so that it doesn't cause the flu, provide better immune responses and longer periods of protection.

Brown said all of the current year's vaccine will expire on June 30, and in addition to getting a flu shot, she likewise has some recommendations for those who do get sick from the flu. The vaccine used this year is bound to protect people against all circulating viruses.