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Health Officials Say It's Not Too Late For Flu Shots

Health Officials Say It's Not Too Late For Flu Shots

The same deadly flu strain that hit Australia is here in Middle Tennessee, and doctors say it's especially a concern for older people.

Paulina Rodriquez, infection control practitioner at Abilene Regional Medical Center, said that cases are tracking similarly to past year.

New Castle County has seen the highest number of confirmed cases with 24 people, while there have been 12 cases in Kent County and 10 cases in Sussex County.

"Estimates of influenza-associated mortality are important for national and worldwide decision making on public health priorities", the report said.

Researchers used seasonal flu data to calculate influenza-related respiratory death rates for 33 countries, which together account for 57% of the world's population.

"Now you are relying on the antibiotics as a solution to the Swine flu when we all know that anytime there is a swine flu the quick thing to do is to vaccinate...so that those who do not have the disease they will be prevented from getting it and those who have already had then you manage them". Over the last three seasons, there have been 19 pediatric flu deaths in NY and an average of 11,183 flu-related hospitalizations each season.

According to CDC numbers, vaccine effectiveness usually ranges from around 40 to 60-percent, but they do occasionally dip in certain seasons when the vaccine created doesn't match well with the type of flu circulating.

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Saul said he's seen only a few flu cases at Bridgeport Hospital so far this season, but expects it to pick up soon.

"Getting your annual flu vaccine is still your first and best line of defense against the influenza virus", said Dr. Rattay.

Flu vaccination can also come in the form of a live-flu mist, but the CDC is not recommending that anyone get that this year because it's been less effective than the shot in recent years. Go to https://www.vaccinefinder.org to find a location near you where you can get vaccinated.

"This (report) is not a reason to not get a flu shot", Saul said.

Another study published in the summer of 2016 showed that people 50 years and older who got a flu vaccine reduced their risk of getting hospitalized from flu by 57 percent.

Stay home if you are sick until you are fever free for 24 hours - with a temperature of less than 100◦ F (37.8◦ C), without the use of fever-reducing medications for at least 24 hours.

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