US, Idaho see increase in influenza-related deaths

Notably, the new guidelines state that the LAIV - or the flu mist, which injects a weakened form of the flu virus into the patient - should not be used this flu season, according to the CDC.

Lexington health officials say that confirmed cases of the flu this year has reached 120 cases.

To prevent the flu, the CDC first recommends getting your flu shot each year.

The flu vaccine is now being offered for free at county health departments across the state.

This number reflects only those who have had lab-confirmed cases of influenza. "We ultimately want a playing deck of all these versions of the flu", he explained.

"More children have died this year than at the same time last year", said Brammer.

There are still, however, a couple of differences in symptoms of colds and the flu.

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The Division of Public Health is reminding Delawareans it's not too late to get a flu shot.

Kevin Hall with Lexington-Fayette County Health Department says that the warmer weather may help slow the spread of the virus.

Her death brings Delaware's total number of flu-related deaths to three so far this season, DPH says.

While seasonal flu-related deaths of people older than 18 years of age are not reportable, those among children are reported. That's compared to 19 flu cases this time last flu season.

This means there's no more nasal flu vaccine, which experts found practically ineffective. The agency is urging Ohioans who haven't received the flu vaccine to do so.

Porter County charges $30 for the flu shot and $50 for a high-dose flu shot for those 65 years old and older, Harkel said. "Antivirals are especially important for those at increased risk of complications from influenza, including pregnant women and anyone hospitalized with suspected influenza complications". Safety tips include washing hands regularly, covering coughs and sneezes, eating a balanced diet, getting plenty of rest and staying home when you are ill.

  • Sidney Guerrero