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Health departments in Glynn, Camden counties to offer free flu shots

06 February 2018, 03:01 | Lucy Hill

Health departments in Glynn, Camden counties to offer free flu shots

Free flu shots being offered Thursday in Hampton

"All of the different types of influenza are causing these deaths", said Dan Jernigan, director of the influenza division at the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

This flu season is turning out to be one of the worse since the 2009 "swine flu" epidemic, CDC officials said last week. Of the children who died, about half had no underlying medical conditions.

More people have been sent to the hospital with the flu this season than in nearly a decade, and in the last week 16 more children have died, according to federal health officials.

"This is going down as one of the more aggressive flu seasons in recent memory for us as well as the rest of the nation", she says.

The flu this year is widespread and potentially life-threatening, especially for children and those over 65.

"Tragically, the influenza virus has claimed the lives of 100 Kentuckians so far this season", said Dr. Jeffrey D. Howard, acting Department for Public Health Commissioner. "Flu vaccination is the most effective protection against flu". Wash your hands often with soap and water. "That might be another reason that this flu season is bad because even most of the vaccinated people are at risk".

Menzies-Boule said that the flu season is far from over "and we usually see a second wave of the flu caused by the B strain".

CDC attributes the rapid flu transmission in the past three weeks of January mainly to children returning from school and contracting the virus.

But, the flu shot is relatively more effective for other strains circulating this year.

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The flu shot contains a dead virus.

That number is in line with a trend at local health departments. It is recommended for everyone over the age of 6 months.

The cold winter in many parts of the country may also have played a role, keeping people indoors and helping flu bugs to spread, said Dr. David Weber, a University of North Carolina flu expert.

She also complains about people without true emergencies crowding into waiting rooms, next to people with the flu.

"This would mean fewer missed class days, fewer missed exercise days, fewer missed socializing days, and more healthcare resources available to tend to other ill or injured students", he said in an email.

Stay home when you are sick to prevent spreading the flu.

A person infected with flu likely exhales the virus through the mouth and nose in the form of aerosol particles which remain suspended in the air for several hours, increasing the risk of flu transmission to another person. Symptoms, which come on fast, include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.

Be careful when coming into too close of contact with people - avoid shaking hands, sharing drinks and food whenever possible.



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