Flu outbreak filling hospitals in Alabama

Eight more flu-related deaths reported in Iowa this week

2018 flu season appears to hit deadly peak

"The flu vaccine is the best public health tool we have, and an annual flu shot is recommended to everyone over 6 months", said Dr. Wilma Wooten, director of the county's public health services.

Two Houston women in their 60s died late a year ago after battling the flu, city health officials confirmed. A 1-year-old boy in Lucas County in northwest Ohio and a 4-year-old boy in Montgomery County in southwest Ohio both have died from the flu, the Ohio Department of Health reported Wednesday. "The average age of death of the other thirty-four people who died as a result of flu is 75 years of age", continued Dr. Howard. If you start on anti-viral medications within a day or two of when your symptoms start, your risk of serious disease, hospitalization and even death can be significantly reduced.

The flu virus is rapidly spreading across the country, causing more deaths and hospitalizations.

Those in high-risk groups, including older adults, pregnant women and children, should be especially cautious in the midst of Dallas County's deadly outbreak, said Dr. Christopher Perkins, the county's medical director.

In light of this, officials urge Minnesotans to get vaccinated as flu season reaches its peak over the next few weeks. Through small droplets from people who are talking, coughing or sneezing.

"Flu is everywhere in the US right now", Dr Dan Jernigan, director of the influenza division at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told reporters on a conference call. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

"There has been a very rapid increase in the numbers of people coming in to see their doctors". Germs are often spread when a person touches a surface or object that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

The Houston Independent School District said its nurses have reported 421 students with flu-like symptoms since the beginning of the school year, but only 118 have been confirmed flu cases.

The vaccine may be less effective against H3N2 strains because it's manufactured in chicken eggs, which some recent research has shown interact with H3 strains, making them less like the circulating strain and therefore less effective. Vaccinations are available at Kentucky's local health departments, pharmacies and medical providers, and many health plans cover the cost of the vaccine with no copay. If you touch something, it gets on you.

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