State Health Officials Say Flu Widespread

State Health Officials Say Flu Widespread

The flu virus indirectly resulted in the death of 1,000 people in Ireland last season, according to Mr Kelleher.

The total number of people in the county who have been hospitalized with the flu is up to 30, she said.

"The number of flu cases is relatively high for this time of year, and public health officials are concerned there will be a high risk of spreading the flu during the holiday season".

Flu activity season begins in October and lasts through late May, with cases peaking between December and February.

Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared that influenza is now widespread in CT.

Shots take about two weeks to take full effect.

"The best protection against the flu virus is vaccination", according to a release on the spike.

The Department of Public Health and El Paso Fire Department held a vaccine clinic on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at the EPFD's Safety and Health Outreach Center, 5415 Trowbridge Drive.

Predictions made before the start of this year's influenza season proved correct as H3N2 has been the dominant strain of influenza this year.

The flu can be especially unsafe for young children, pregnant women, people 65 or older and those who have underlying health conditions like asthma or chronic diseases. "CDC, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American College of Nurse-Midwives, and the American Academy of Family Physicians recommend flu shots for all women who are or expect to be pregnant during the flu season". "A study published earlier this year in a pediatric journal shows that flu vaccination can significantly reduce a child's risk of dying from influenza", Koening said.

Other symptoms include a cough, stuffy nose, sore throat, and sneezing. They say that's why vaccines "wear off" instead of giving lifetime immunity from the very strains people are inoculated with. "His death is a reminder of how serious the flu can be, especially among vulnerable populations", said DPH director Karyl Rattay, MD, MS.

Other tips include washing your hands frequently, staying home when you are sick and avoiding touching your hands to your face.

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