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Local flu-related death reported as virus continues to spread

11 January 2018

"However, if the next person that walks in is sicker than you, they will go first".

While Denton County hasn't seen quite that volume of hospitalizations, Denton County Public Health chief epidemiologist Juan Rodriguez said the uptick in cases is still noticeable and noticeably early.

"Everybody should get their flu vaccination and try to avoid contact with people who may be sick", Manrique said. The department also advises people to get their flu shots now.

In addition, studies suggest that the process of manufacturing the vaccine may have compromised its effectiveness against H3N2 because it can mutate when grown in eggs - and Canada uses egg-based vaccines, Tam said. "It's less likely for those without chronic diseases, but it's still a possibility".

Gunzenhauser stressed it is not too late to get vaccinated.

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We also reached out to the health departments in Benton, Carroll, Clinton, Fountain and Warren counties.

Two more patients died of Swine Flu at Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Soura, taking the death toll to 27 this season.

Doing so is "very important", Tam said, "as we move ahead to future years of vaccine program planning and recommendations". But the symptoms will be milder and probably have a shorter duration.

"If you already have the flu we'd advise people to follow the message "Catch It, Bin It, Kill It".

When medical personnel give the flu vaccine to a patient, they inform them that they may feel soreness in their arm or general body aches and even a low-grade fever in response to it.

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Rodriguez said H3N2 influenza disproportionately affects the elderly, and encouraged older residents to be careful.

Each Friday, the Kane County Health Department releases statistics providing an overview of influenza within the county.

The last time they needed an extended treatment area was during the 2009 flu pandemic. Only pediatric flu deaths are required to be reported, but Tarrant County Public Health does receive some voluntary information from its healthcare community partners. No public schools had been closed because of increased influenza-like illness.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has great resources to help people better understand the flu, she added.

Meanwhile, the FDOH recommends sick people stay home until fever-free for at least 24 hours and that all people wash their hands frequently.

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Local flu-related death reported as virus continues to spread