Flu deaths on the rise

Laura Christensen
February 2, 2018

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that hospital stays and deaths from the flu among the elderly so far haven't been as high as in some other recent flu seasons. The cost for people 19 and older is $33 for a Fluzone quadrivalent injection and $60 for a Fluzone high-dose injection, which is formulated for people 65 and older. To find a flu shot near you go to this website. Every state except Hawaii is reporting widespread influenza activity, making for a lot of miserable people suffering from classic flu symptoms of cough, fever, headache, stuffy nose, and achy muscles. The flu usually peaks in February.

As flu cases rise across Michigan, Oakland County health officials are calling on residents to get vaccinated. Officials are finding that this year's flu is a particularly nasty strain and it's hitting harder and earlier than in previous years.

The H3N2 strain of the influenza virus is what most people are being affected by, which causes more (and worse) cases and more visits to the doctor, according to the CDC.

You can still get the flu vaccine. They ask anyone who was touched by Sydney in her short life to please attend and say goodbye with them. In recent years, deaths of children from flu in the United States have ranged from 35 in 2011-2012, to a peak of 282 in the 2009-2010 flu season.

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At this time, the Kings County Health Department recommends all persons 6 months and older get vaccinated if they have not done so already.

"Vaccination is the most important step in protecting you against the flu", Green said. NY law limits the authority of pharmacists to administer vaccines to anyone under age 18, but the emergency declaration temporarily suspended that policy.

If you are sick with a flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to see a doctor or for other essential reasons. She adds, everyone should wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and to keep in mind to cover their cough. "If you're coughing, make sure you're coughing into a tissue, your elbow and really good hand-washing".

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

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