Washington health officials urge public action to prevent spread of influenza

It takes about two weeks after vaccination for your body to develop protection against the flu.

The first flu fatality came a month ago when an 87-year-old New Castle County man with multiple serious underlying conditions died after contracting Influenza A. In the last week of December, 39 cases of laby-confirmed influenza A were reported to the Health Unit, of whom 19 were hospitalized. The CDC examined the effectiveness of intranasal spray vaccines during the previous flu season and found it had a vaccine effectiveness rate of 46 percent, compared to a 65 percent rate for injectable vaccines last season.

If you have an appointment to see a provider at Stamps, just ask to have your flu shot given while you are there.

Health officials say the number of flu deaths in Washington state is up to 46. This season, that number more than tripled.

"The flu can make people really sick, and over the past few weeks there has been a dramatic rise in influenza activity across the state", said Dr. Kathy Lofy, health officer for Washington State Department of Health. One of those highly infectious diseases in Swine Flu or Pig flu and its virus being referred as Swine influenza virus (SIV) or swine-origin influenza virus (S-OIV).

This included 25 people in intensive care, while there were 10 outbreaks at hospital wards and care homes.

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"Flu strains vary from year to year". For the 2016-17 flu season the vaccines are meant to protect against H1N1, H3N2, and the B/Victoria lineage.

The best way to stay healthy and combat a respiratory (flu) virus, stomach virus and other viruses is through preventive measures.

The Indiana department recommends flu shots for people ages 6 months and older and notes that some people, such as pregnant women, young children and the elderly, are at increased risk of flu-related complications, such as pneumonia, hospitalization and death. Remind them about your high risk status for flu.

The seasonal flu is now rampant in New Jersey with all areas reporting now high levels.

Flu symptoms include headache, fatigue, cough, muscle aches, sore throat and fever of 100.4 or higher.

"Hearing about flu every winter may cause some people to be complacent about protecting themselves", Darwyna Facteau, director of Health Care Services at the Clinton County Health Department, said in a news release. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends people get injectable flu shots. That's why it is important to get a flu vaccine each year.

  • Ismael Montgomery