Three flu-related deaths in Sussex County

Three flu-related deaths in Sussex County

The flu can be particularly risky for people under the age of 65, particularly pregnant women and those with pre-existing medical conditions.

"H1N1 is the most common [strain] in most of the country", Brammer said.

Indicators from Nebraska's influenza surveillance systems (laboratory testing, sentinel provider visits, influenza hospitalizations, emergency department visits, and school absences due to illness) showed that influenza cases are circulating widely across the state.

Flu season is underway and health officials continue to stress the importance of getting the flu vaccine. Kentucky now is reporting 1,457 laboratory-confirmed cases of flu.

So far in Minnesota's 2018-19 flu season, there have been 116 hospitalizations and four deaths in total. "This is an unfortunate and solemn reminder that the flu can be deadly. So it's really important people come out and get the flu shot", Aigner said. While the vaccine was discovered in 1942, its production was not truly beneficial until 1972, when the World Health Organization (WHO) developed better technology to identify the viral strains infecting people.

In addition to getting the flu vaccine, there are other ways to protect yourself from getting the flu. All visitors are urged to wash their hands before and after their visits. When tissues are not readily available, cough into your sleeve, not your hands.

If you have a flu-like sickness, try to stay at home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone.

Avoid close contact with sick people.

"People tend to go to the doctor five days, six days, two weeks out, 'I'm still coughing.' Well there isn't a whole lot you can do at that point". Some people get complications including pneumonia, bronchitis and sinus and ear infections.

The HSE has warned that the H1N1 flu strain - also known as swine flu - could potentially become a serious health issue.

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Besides the loss of life and the associated grief-which is incalculable-flu outbreaks have a real economic impact as well. "That's probably because compared to previous year, we already know in both Iowa and nationally, we've had more people take the vaccine".

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends annual flu vaccinations for everyone age 6 months or older.

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