Dallas County reports fourth, fifth flu-related deaths of 2017-18

Posted December 30, 2017

Flu levels in New Jersey have recently reached moderate and high levels of activity, showing a jump in cases compared to this time previous year.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported our state's first child death for the 2017-2018 flu season on Thursday.

Health and Human Services officials in Boone County said they saw 144 lab confirmed cases of the flu in the week of December 17-23.

The majority of state cases thus far have involved influenza A and do not show much variation in number compared to a year ago.

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People at the Washoe County Health District track the flu on a weekly basis and there's little debate about the trend. The nasal spray should not be used this flu season.

The IDPH recommendation is in response to state influenza activity level, which is now listed as "widespread".

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine every season.

Arnold says the IDPH is still recommending a flu shot, even though it may not be as effective as in years past. Healthy people can typically recover from the flu in less than two weeks with rest, fluids and pain relievers like acetaminophen and ibuprofen, but antivirals can help prevent more serious complications, like pneumonia.

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People at highest risk for severe complications from influenza infection include adults 65 years of age and older, children less than 5 years old, pregnant women, and those with certain medical conditions like asthma, heart disease, and weakened immune systems.

"It is hard to predict which influenza viruses will predominate in the 2017-18 influenza season".

A media release from the ADPH reminds the public that the flu is a very contagious respiratory illness, with symptoms including fever, cough, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, headache, muscle aches and extreme fatigue.

If someone does get the flu after having received the vaccine, it will be shorter and less severe in most cases, he said.

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