Published: Fri, December 22, 2017
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

5th Person Dies in San Diego County's Flu Season

5th Person Dies in San Diego County's Flu Season

The Big Sandy region, including Floyd, Johnson, Magoffin, Martin and Pike counties, had the most laboratory-confirmed flu cases for the week, with 81. Every year, more than 200,000 people in the US are hospitalized for flu-related complications and about 36,000 die as a result of the illness.

As of this time last season, there were four deaths in the county.

As I said, I didn't give it all that much thought in the past since it seems to be one of those unavoidable seasonal cycles. The CDC has reported 62 such cases of A (H3N2) v infections this season already-39 occurred Maryland, 15 in OH, and the rest occurred in Delaware, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

Flu vaccines are available at doctors' offices and pharmacies.

"We in public health like to say stay home, keep it to yourself, don't share with others". In comparison, there were 87 cases of the flu reported at this time past year.

According to the Centers for Disease Control the flu is often spread person to person.

The first cases of the flu for the 2017-2018 season appeared in September, slightly earlier than the typical October 1 start of the season.

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends flu shots annually for everyone at least 6 months old.

"They've had it since, like, three months ago", Perez said.

The importance of getting the flu shot is especially true for young people and those with chronic medical conditions, she said. Every November and December, things ramp up on the flu front and despite our best efforts, it is easy to catch whatever flu happens to be circulating through the population.

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

Other suggestions for staying healthy include frequent hand-washing, using hand sanitizers, staying away from sick people, avoiding touching the eyes, nose or mouth, and cleaning commonly touched surfaces.

"Vaccination helps protect individual children from flu and also can help stop it spreading to family, friends and the wider community".

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