Published: Fri, January 11, 2019
Medical | By Vernon Walton

Officials urge vaccination after Illinois girl dies of flu

Officials urge vaccination after Illinois girl dies of flu

Maine has had three flu deaths so far this season, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported.

CDC officials say there were 510 confirmed influenza cases through January 5 - down from 768 during the same time period in 2017-2018.

The good news is that this year's flu shot covers the H1N1 strain, among others, and it takes about two weeks to take effect, so the sooner you get it, the better, Kling said.

"If you haven't had your flu shot yet, you should run, not walk, to go get your flu shot", said Dr. Kolawole Bankole, director/administrator of Portland Public Health. "Less often, a person might get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes".


The nasal vaccine is back as an option this year, however, Phillips says it's still not certain it's as effective as the shot. Fourteen percent said they were planning to get a flu shot but had not done so yet. Since the beginning of the 2018-19 flu season, 9,268 cases of the flu have been confirmed throughout Pennsylvania, with 96 cases reported in Centre County.

"Not too many, but a few deaths have occurred among younger people", she said, without providing details.

"This particular virus is a match to the strain contained in this year's influenza vaccine", Canada's Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, told CTV News. The longer you wait to get treated, the more severe symptoms can get.

While overall this flu season has been moderate in its intensity, of the 11,531 confirmed influenza cases reported as of December 29 this season, 22 per cent have been in children aged four and under while 19 per cent have occurred in people aged five to 19.


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Each year, particularly during the winter months, millions of Americans are infected with influenza. You will typically suffer from a cough, fever, sore throat, runny nose, headache, body aches, chills, and fatigue.

However, these figures reflect only cases in which testing was performed; many more people who come down with the flu don't seek medical assistance and therefore aren't tested.

Jennifer Thomas, nursing director and administrator at the Mason County Health Department, said flu season can begin as early as September and last as long as April.


Quinton's case illustrates the true cost of a disease that some people dismiss as "just the flu". It has roughly the same level of effectiveness as Tamiflu, but it also seems to reduce shedding of the virus, or the amount of virus you put out that can infect other people.

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