Health Dept. confirms flu death

11 January, 2018, 06:13 | Author: Inez Murphy
  • Influenza numbers in Kane County on the rise

Emergency room visits due to flu are up 130 percent from past year, officials said.

A CDC official told "Good Morning America" this flu season reached its peak about a month earlier than normal.

It says one adult between the ages of 50 to 64 died at some point between October first through December 30th.

Birmingham-area hospitals are also being affected by the reported IV bag shortage caused by hurricane damages to Puerto Rico, said Julie Cobb, who oversees emergency preparedness and response for Jefferson County Department of Health.

The majority of the confirmed cases of the flu were between the ages of 18 and 49. The other type of vaccine - called "trivalent" because it covers three strains of flu - "unfortunately" doesn't cover that B strain. Coordinator of Infection Prevention and Employee Health at Beatrice Community Hospital, Rose Wischmeier, says the hospital saw a spike in activity during the first couple of weeks, in December within its' clinics and emergency department. "Wash your hands and get your vaccination". Estimates are that it's about 32% effective, while last year it was 39% effective and most years it's 40% to 60% effective.

"The virus we're giving them is dead, it's virtually impossible to get the flu from a vaccine", de Lota said.

The potential for lower vaccine effectiveness makes it even more important that Canadians take "other measures" to protect themselves against the flu, she said, including handwashing, coughing into your sleeve, disposing of used tissues, and staying home when you're sick. "But time is short and we hope you get vaccinated soon, if you haven't".

People getting the flu from the vaccine is a misconception, de Lota said.

Fairfield County Health Department communicable disease nurse Tiffany Nash did not have access to actual case numbers in the county.

"If you already have the flu we'd advise people to follow the message "Catch It, Bin It, Kill It".

The CDC has only one chance to get the vaccine right, Harding said, meaning it can not offer another one halfway through the flu season.

Symptoms of the flu include fever, headache, cough, runny or stuffy nose, fatigue and muscle aches.

The White County Health Department has confirmed one death in the county because of the flu.

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