Skagit County reports first flu-related death this season

The number of flu deaths in any year is between 80 and 120 people

The number of flu deaths in any year is between 80 and 120 people

National early-season flu vaccination rates released in November by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that only 39 percent of people 6 months and older had received their flu vaccine. "Nurses from the five Scott County school districts call in weekly to report".

Janet Hill, of the Rock Island County Health Department said that in IL, flu cases don't have to be reported to health departments, unless someone is in intensive care because of the flu.

"There have been tremendous pockets of people being hospitalized", he said.

Dr. Luis Garcia from Family First Health on South George Street said he's seen about 10 or 15 flu cases in York City since October. A Houston doctor said local hospital beds were at capacity, telling flu sufferers they might be better off staying at home. "When more people get vaccinated, less flu can spread through a community". Get a flu shot.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the flu is now widespread in 46 states, almost four times as many compared with this time past year.

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In the Houston area, almost 42 percent of emergency room visits for flu-related symptoms have been from children, ages 4 and under.

"We have a lot of patients that come in with the typical flu symptoms", Pharmacist Jarron Yee said. "As well, there's always a chance you will get the flu so if you don't want the flu, I'd definitely recommend getting the flu shot".

From Dec. 31 to January 6, the Arizona Department of Health Services received 2,455 reports of flu. Texas is one of 26 states reporting high flu activity, said the CDC.

"We're definitely seeing a lot more cases of flu and definitely more than previous year", said Lyndy Stone, marketing director for Shannon Medical Center. By comparison, that's more than the total number of hospitalizations for the entire flu season in 2015-2016 or 2013-2014. If residents are having a hard time fighting the flu, Andrews encouraged them to see their physician for better care. "The flu virus can live up to 72 hours on a surface in the right environment which is a long time", said Kosak.

"Even when there is a good match between the influenza strains that circulate and those that are used in the vaccine, there is a difference in its effectiveness", Werker explained.

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