Death toll reaches 11 in Monroe County

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Flu cases continue to rise in Monroe County; the number of deaths is up to 11

Cases are downs in all regions of the state except the southeast, the Pennsylvania Department of Health reported.

According to information provided last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there have been 84 pediatric flu-related deaths across the country during this challenging flu season.

Lexington's deadly flu season has already eclipsed last season's totals, and health officials are reporting additional cases.

The latest numbers on the flu in Monroe County show that they have not peaked yet.

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The vaccine offers the best protection from the flu and reduces severe outcomes should an individual become ill with the flu.

The OSDH has high-dose vaccine for seniors that may not be available from health care providers. Providers participating in this surveillance network reported that for the week ending February 10, 2018, 8.5% of their patient visits were for influenza-like illness. Health officials encourage parents to have their children vaccinated, especially those between six months and eight years of age.

When it comes to preventing heart attacks in people with cardiovascular problems, experts have put getting the flu vaccine on par with long-term measures such as quitting smoking or taking one's medication for high blood pressure.

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