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Flu Cases on Rise In State, County

22 December 2017

A woman in her 50s has died of the flu, making this the first flu-related death of the season in the area, officials said Wednesday.

"With current widespread flu activity being reported in Kentucky, it is a still a good time to protect yourself and your family by getting a flu shot", said Dr. Jeffrey D. Howard, acting DPH commissioner. Also, last season, widespread flu activity wasn't announced until mid-January. Germs spread this way.

Brown said Thursday that Sandusky County has reported four flu-related hospitalizations in December, and nine since the beginning of September.

"The actual vaccine effectiveness was overall about 33 percent", said Wu.

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"There are so many places you can go now, but at the health department we do immunization from age 6 months and up while some pharmacies only do 14 and up", Brown said.

In addition, they say the vaccine doesn't produce the same quality and strength of antibodies that a person's body develops after they get the flu.

"The elderly in general are at more risk from the flu than others", Burton said. "If you have guests, limit contact".

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say you should be vigilant with washing your hands, avoid touching your eyes and mouth, get plenty of sleep and eat healthy to help give your immune system a boost.

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Some people, especially in the older generation, remember a habit of carrying facial tissue around by tucking them in one's pockets or just inside one's sleeves.

Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.

The medical professionals say the symptoms can pack a powerful punch but usually clear up within two weeks.

If you get sick, look out for severe aches and pains in your muscles and joints, notable fatigue and weakness, headaches and a high fever.

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Eat well and drink lots of fluids, such as water, soup and caffeine-free drinks.

Flu Cases on Rise In State, County