Longford people in flu risk group are urged to get vaccinated

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Lee Health also has some prevention advice with getting the flu vaccine, as well as the pneumococcal vaccine, topping its list. "For this reason, we highly recommend washing hands after handling objects touched by others and not sharing your smartphone with others, especially during flu season".

Older adults were more protected from the strain as it was similar to another strain that had circulated many years prior that they may have been exposed to when they were younger.

Although there are fewer cases of influenza than this time past year, experts say rates of influenza are generally above-average levels across the country.

There have been 1,723 lab confirmed cases of the flu since September 1. Amiran Gamkredlidze, the Head of the National Disease Control Center has stated that there is a ready supply of Tamiflu medication available free-of-charge for pregnant women, children, socially vulnerable persons, pensioners, and those suffering with certain diseases.

A total of 13 children have died so far this flu season.

Q: Last year's flu vaccine was about 40 percent effective, according to the CDC.

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From Dec. 23 to 29, 2019, the province reported 64 new influenza cases, including one death and one ICU admission. "If the infant stops drinking or breathing, they should be taken for evaluation at the emergency department", added Khan.

"It's not just flu, but also other respiratory viruses", tweeted hospital CEO Alex Munter, "busy viral season".

The predominant strain this year is influenza A H1N1, which officials say tends to have less severe symptoms than the predominant strain that circulated last season. Research has shown that vaccination significantly reduces the risk of death in children.

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

The county will be offering flu shots at the Camden County Aletha Wright Administration Building located at 600 Market St. on the first and third Fridays of the month from 9 a.m.to noon and from 1 p.m.to 4 p.m.

Statewide, Ohio Department of Health reported 540 flu-associated hospitalizations between October 14, 2018 through December 29, 2018. Residents should also remember that it takes about two weeks for the flu shot to take full effect. "It's the best protection that we have to give people against the flu", said Russell, adding that children and adolescents, adults with underlying lung or heart conditions and the elderly should make sure they are immunized.