Officials urge vaccination after Illinois girl dies of flu

11 January, 2019, 09:41 | Author: Stuart Potter
  • CDC confirms: FluMist nasal spray is less effective than the shot

It's that time of year.

What's the Best Protection From Cold and Flu? . Children between 6 months and 8 years may need two doses of the flu vaccine, given at least four weeks apart, to be fully protected. It can affect your nose, throat, head, and chest. Flu can have very serious associated complications. The State Health Department's Tony Sellars says getting vaccinated is still the best way to prevent or mitigate the flu.

It is not too late to get the flu shot, for those who have not done so yet.

Get your flu shot each year.

Q: How do you and your team measure how well the vaccine is protecting people against the flu in a given year? Any person displaying flu-like symptoms is urged to visit their doctor or health centre immediately.

Wash hands often. Wash your hands regularly and often for about 30 seconds using soap and water. It's also helpful to avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. When tissues are not readily available, cough into your sleeve, not your hands.

Rest and get plenty of sleep.

The symptoms are similar to seasonal flu symptoms. Also, because school is in session, kids are around each other all day and are not afraid to share their germs.

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The Aurora child is one of 13 pediatric deaths nationwide this flu season, and is the first flu-related death in IL this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. About 225,000 people had tested positive for the flu in 2017-18, the U.S. CDC said, but the actual number of cases is much higher because many are not tested and recover at home.

Kane County health officials determined that a 3-year-old Aurora girl died of the flu at Rush Copley Medical Center on December 21.

Medical specialists admit the flu shot will not be excellent. "You may have a little arm soreness". Usually, these side effects go away after a couple days.

The county will be offering flu shots at the Camden County Aletha Wright Administration Building located at 600 Market St. on the first and third Fridays of the month from 9 a.m.to noon and from 1 p.m.to 4 p.m.

Viruses can change every year, says Island Health.

Does the flu shot really work? Some folks should still get sick, however, are unlikely to endure issues that result in hospitalization or death. Each year in the United States, 25-50 million infections are reported, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized and 23,600 die due to seasonal flu.

Flu shots can be given out here at the Mason County Health Department, at many local pharmacies and at doctors' offices. Vaccination is especially important for people at high risk of influenza complications, including pregnant women, older adults and young children. Most of the deaths occurred in patients who were over the age of 65.

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