Flu activity at highest level in Kentucky

05 January, 2019, 08:11 | Author: Sue Riley
  • First case of flu confirmed in the city

And activity is "starting to increase" in this season, Schultz said. You could still end up with the flu even if vaccinated if you are infected with a different virus strain.

While Allison had mild asthma, about half of children who die from the flu are otherwise healthy, according to the CDC. Perry County is reported to have more than 50 cases.

Most hospitalizations have been in eastern Oklahoma, including 26 in the southeastern region. Arkansas recorded 227 deaths last flu season, which was the most on record for the past three decades. When that strain predominated, almost 1 million Americans were hospitalized and 80,000 died.

To find participating stores, enter your zip code in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) flu vaccine finder at www.cdc.gov/flu/.

His best advice heading into flu season? Nationally 13 children have died from the flu, none of which were from Virginia.

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While he did have underlying conditions or contributing factors, the IDPH say this is an unfortunate reminder to take the flu seriously, as numbers of flu cases increase across the state and the country. But get the flu shot sooner rather than later, since the vaccine can take up to two weeks to fully help protect the body. She said Mercy would begin to issue precautions if that percentage got up to 10. For all ages, including children age 6 months and older.

While nearly half of the USA population gets a flu vaccination annually, the CDC says the impact of influenza remains high. They are still encouraging people to get their flu shots.

"The emergency department is not a great place to get care for flu, because you could be exposed to a lot of other things", he said.

· Stay home if you are sick until you are free of fever for 24 hours - with a temperature of less than 100 degrees F (37.8 degrees C), without the use of fever-reducing medications for at least 24 hours.

The number of flu cases to date this season (1,457) is comparable to the number of cases at the same time last season (1,411). The bad news is that there's a long way to go.

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