Thursday, 17 January, 2019

10 people have died from flu in Oklahoma

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A total of 7 influenza-associated pediatric deaths have been reported to the CDC for the 2018-2019 flu season.

According to health officials, the death involved a child from Osceola County who was infected with influenza A/H1N1.

The flue is a contagious respiratory disease caused by different strains of the influenza virus.

The national health agency recommends every person over the age of six months receive the an annual flu vaccine unless they have certain autoimmune conditions or severe allergies to the vaccine's ingredients.

"Today we have a global surveillance system, antiviral drugs to treat flu illness, antibiotics to treat secondary infections and the ability to develop vaccines", the CDC said.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports 18 of the 27 flu-related deaths in Wyoming last season were people over 65, though one child was among those who died.

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Just last week, the CDC said the flu season was off to a slow start, but all that changed a couple of days ago when the number of reported cases rose to the point where the flu season is officially underway, said CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield.

The MDHHS says this is the sixth flu-related death in the nation during the 2018-2019 flu season. That means health care workers who have not gotten a flu shot must wear surgical masks around patients until further notice.

She says "We still encourage people even when you get the vaccine, to practice your hand washing skills, to cough and sneeze into a tissue or into your sleeve and to stay home if you're sick".

Last year's flu season, keep in mind, was particularly severe.

To Moldova was delivered a new batch of flu vaccine in the amount of 130 thousand doses.

There's nearly no reason why someone shouldn't get a flu shot, she added, and it's not just about keeping you healthy, but preventing the spread of influenza to other New Yorkers.

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