Knox County Health Department offers free flu vaccinations

07 January, 2018, 10:33 | Author: Inez Murphy
  • Officials warn of spike in flu deaths as local hospitals prepare to see more than twice as many flu cases this month than last

The flu has prompted extra precautions at one MI prison after learning of a couple of confirmed cases.

The Ohio Department of Health continues to alert the public about the importance of flu vaccination as flu-associated hospitalizations continue to increase across the state as kids head back to school from winter break.

Last year, IN had one reported flu-related death.

With flu cases soaring in OH, the state health department says it has been a rough season so far.

Councillor Liz Wardlaw, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for health, said: "Flu can be a terrible illness, not only for older people and those with other medical problems but also for young children".

Christian said flu activity in Tennessee is widespread and officials are urging everyone over 6 months old to get a shot.

There have been no reported flu-associated pediatric deaths in OH for the 2017-18 flu season, according to ODH.

He said: 'We know from the PHE publications that previous year, the effectiveness of the conventional influenza vaccines in the over-65s was not apparent. The vaccine available in the reportedly only 10% effective in preventing illness from the strain.

"You can book an appointment to get the vaccine at your GP or local pharmacy and the flu nasal spray vaccination is the simplest way to protect children".

"The nasal spray vaccine past year reduced children's risk of flu by 65% meaning they were less likely to spread it to relatives and others they come into close with". "Thirty percent protection is still better than zero".

The flu can be deadly, especially for those with underlying health conditions. He said things will likely get worse before improving.

Staying home once symptoms show.

Frequent hand-washing to avoid spreading germs.

Wearing masks or covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing.


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