State confirms first flu death of 2017 in New Castle man

by Joy Montgomery December 14, 2017, 10:20
State confirms first flu death of 2017 in New Castle man

Flu-related hospitalizations are exceeding the five-year average for this time of year, according to information provided this week by the Ohio Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

During last year's flu season, 4,590 cases of flu were reported, about half of which were from New Castle County.

This year's flu vaccine may not be as effective at protecting people against one of the most common, nasty strains of the flu.

While it's unclear what the implications of what's going on in Australia are for the Northern Hemisphere, medical professionals here in Iowa still express a high degree of confidence in the effectiveness of the flu vaccine.

So are you not getting the vaccine because you've heard it's not very effective this year? While a healthy person might experience flu as an inconvenience, that same person can pass the influenza virus to a highly vulnerable person (young child, older adult, person with a chronic disease, etc.), resulting in hospitalizations for many people.

Haman doesn't understand why our state is seeing such an increase in the flu this early, but he's definitely pushing for one thing--the flu shot.

Flu infection can create or exacerbate other health factors which are then listed as the cause of death on death certificates, for example cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or related complications, they noted.

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Vaccination helps protect women during and after pregnancy.

DE has confirmed its first flu death of 2017 in a 47-year-old man from New Castle County, state health officials said Wednesday. "Most insurances are paying for flu shots, so it's really not a cost to you".

Flu vaccination is an important preventive tool for people with chronic health conditions. Also, those who get the shot and contract influenza A (H3N2) will likely recover faster than those who don't get vaccinated. People aged 75 and older and those living in sub-Saharan Africa had the highest rates of flu-associated respiratory deaths, the study found.

University of Memphis doctor Xinhua Yu believes only time will tell when it comes to how bad this flu season will be in Memphis this year.

Flu vaccination also may make your illness milder if you do get sick.

The Ohio Department of Health, in issuing its most recent numbers, reiterated its stance that getting a flu shot is the best defense against the virus.


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