Health department reports flu increase


"There are currently flu cases on the island, so protect yourself and your family now". "That generally differentiates from a flu to a cold".

According to the CDC, there have been almost 14,000 confirmed cases of the flu this season.

Five deaths caused by flu complications were confirmed last week, Huang said, adding that in each case, the patient was not vaccinated and had a history of chronic disease.

This flu season, the CDC is only recommending the injectable flu vaccine, rather than the nasal spray. It is also a good idea to stay home if you have a cough or fever, and see your health care provider as soon as possible if you believe you are exhibiting flu-like symptoms.

For more information about Arizona influenza visit the ADHS website.

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Many of those cases are in people who did get the flu vaccine. Last year's numbers are the second highest since 2014.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on-site vaccines increase productivity and decrease absenteeism in the workplace. Those over the age of 65 years will receive the seasonal flu vaccine free of charge.

"Many healthy people that get the flu say it feels like they have been hit by a train", Mallory Swartzentruber, the public health educator for the Daviess County Health Department, said. However, people with life-threatening allergies to the flu vaccine or its ingredients (which include gelatin, antibiotics, or other ingredients) can not or may require a different strain of the shot.

He said flu vaccines lessen symptoms and reduce complications. There are different flu vaccines approved for use in different groups of people, so it is important to consult with a healthcare professional about which option is right for you.

Some people thing the flu vaccine can give you the flu but medical practitioners say it can't. But if you're still anxious, thimerosal-free flu vaccines are available for children and adults. In short, prevention is always better than cure; the best defense against the flu is to get an annual flu shot. You need to take them very quickly though.