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Killer Flu Season Expected This Year

04 December 2017, 03:59 | Lena Norman

First flu-related death of the season hits Edmonton

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"It's just important for people to recognize that they're starting to feel sick and that it can be very serious if you don't do something about it".

While the outlook for the US flu season is grim, Dr. Fauci maintained that Americans should still take the time to get a vaccination.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends several steps in protecting against the flu virus.

If an individual doesn't do anything about symptoms and tries to push through having the flu, the result could be hospitalization or even death, Crow said.

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Flu is most unsafe for people over age 65, young children, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions such as asthma or heart disease. Preventive actions include washing your hands and covering your nose or mouth when coughing or sneezing.

In Australia this past flu season, the problem did not appear to be a mismatch between the flu strains that were circulating and those that the available vaccine protected against, Fauci said.

In Australia, the number reached 215,280 reports by mid-October, exceeding the 59,022 cases reported during the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic.

It declares an area of "widespread" when outbreaks of influenza or increases in influenza-like-illness cases and recent laboratory-confirmed influenza in at least half the regions of the state with recent laboratory evidence of influenza, according to the CDC website. The Department of Health does not provide this data by county. No appointments are needed for the influenza immunizations, but Crow said that you must be registered by 4 p.m. for walk-in services. The office is open from 8 a.m.to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 401 W. Tamarack Road in Altus. Second, the recommendation to NOT use the nasal spray vaccine has been renewed this year - only injectable flu shots should be used for all populations. The two people who died were older than 65, according to a release from the health department.



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