N. Idaho woman over 50 is state's first flu death of season

Ebony Scott
November 10, 2018

The following news release was issued by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit regarding flu vaccines.

This decrease contributed to one of the deadliest flu seasons in decades.

Donna Arnett, an epidemiologist and dean of the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, who was not involved in the new research, said the increased risk of heart failure hospitalization found in the study was small but significant enough to send a message.

Symptoms of flu, which is spread by coughs and sneezes or touching surfaces on which germs have landed, include fever, chills, headaches, aches and pains in joints and muscles and extreme tiredness.

- As flu season heats up, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging Americans 6 months and older to get vaccinated.

Ott says it is particularly important to receive the flu shot to protect those within society who cannot receive the flu shot as well as those who are immune compromised.

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"Flu-mist is a live virus, the one that people get in their nose, but we don't recommend it because it's a live virus and it's not as effective as the shot". The virus is then at risk of being transferred to more vulnerable people such as the elderly and those with existing health problems.

During the 2017-2018 flu season, DE recorded 9,041 flu cases, (including the above) the highest number of laboratory-confirmed flu cases since record keeping began in 2005, and 35 flu-related deaths.

"I usually do the flu shot", Dr. Bhargava says.

Some people are still catching the flu despite the multiple ways to avoid contracting. The cost is $10.00 per shot for adults and children. There are more flu shot clinics planned in the spring semester. The flu shot is also covered if you are a Medicare Part B recipient. They vary in price from $19.99 to $40.99, depending on location.

Wash your hands frequently. The flu vaccine is a safe and effective means of protecting yourself and your family.

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