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One Flu Death Reported As Connecticut Flu Season Ramps Up

13 December 2017

Dallas County Health and Human Services report a three percent increase in positive flu tests between November 25 and December 2, the most recent week with reporting data.

Twenty-three flu cases were reported to the Yakima Health District in the last week alone. "Typically, we don't see flu starting to arrive in Pima County until February or March". Some people, such as older adults, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at higher risk for suffering serious complications from the flu. MedExpress also noted that its "2017-2018 influenza-like-illness (ILI) rates are higher than they have been during the same time period of the past four flu seasons (15 percent in 2017-2018 compared to 11-13 percent in previous years)".

And a reminder: you can't get the flu from the flu shot; the virus contained in the flu shot is dead, not alive. Games says getting the vaccine and washing your hands are the two most effective ways you can stay healthy this time of the year. This is why everyone needs a flu vaccine every season.

Smith says this year's vaccine protects against two A viruses including H1N1 and H3N2 as well as two different types of B viruses.

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Deb Roberts, Director of Nursing for Allen County Public Health said hospitalizations are already three times what they were at this time a year ago.

You can not get the flu from the flu shot.

"It still provides some degree of protection against the flu that you might not otherwise have", he said. After months or years of not having to fight off the virus that your body has made immune cells against - your body will stop producing those cells and will "forget "the immunity is having been given by the flu shot, so we need to remind the body yearly before the start of the season". There have been no local flu-related hospitalizations that she knows of, either.

Since Sept. 1, 40 per cent of the influenza cases were in the 20- to 64-year-old category, 30 per cent were seniors, 20 per cent were school age children and 10 per cent were preschool age. "This means it reduces the chance of coming down with the flu, or if you're someone who does get the flu, it lessens the likelihood you'll get very sick from the flu", said Dieckhaus.

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Public health says the flu shot is the best protection against flu.

There's a lot of misinformation out there about the flu vaccine.

Does a flu shot actually give you the flu?

People who have the flu often experience all or numerous following symptoms: fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue and occasionally vomiting or diarrhea, although digestive issues are more common in children.

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One Flu Death Reported As Connecticut Flu Season Ramps Up