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KUMACA swine flu under control - Health Director

KUMACA swine flu under control - Health Director

Quinlisk continued: "It may not stop every sniffle, but if you're someone who wants to not get seriously ill, doesn't want to end up in the hospital and certainly doesn't want to die, this is a good vaccine to get and to be honest, about the only vaccine we have right now for the flu". At this same time a year ago, there were not any.

"The flu-shot-phobic people will hear that and say, 'Of course!"

News reports that the flu vaccine is only 10 percent effective, may have you thinking why even bother getting the shot.

Those include infants six months and under, Children under the age of five, especially those younger than two, adults 65 and older, and people who have medical conditions such as asthma, heart disease, lung disease, blood disorders, kidney disorders, liver disorders, etc., she said.

"Estimates of influenza-associated mortality are important for national and global decision making on public health priorities", the report said.

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.




A 2014 study showed that flu vaccine reduced children's risk of flu-related pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) admission by 74 percent during flu seasons from 2010-2012. "(Centers for Disease Control), the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American College of Nurse-Midwifes and the American Academy of Family Physicians recommend flu shots for all women who are or expect to be pregnant during the flu season".

The first death of the 2017-2018 flu season was reported by Delaware Division of Public Health officials Wednesday.

Saul said he's seen only a few flu cases at Bridgeport Hospital so far this season, but expects it to pick up soon. "We know in given years when H3N2 strains predominate, that we're going to have probably a more severe season".

Even though the flu shot isn't as effective this year, Haman still advises everyone in our area to get it. Go to https://www.vaccinefinder.org to find a location near you where you can get vaccinated.

Labs have updated the part of the vaccine that protects against the H1N1 strain this year.

Stay home if you are sick until you are fever free for 24 hours - with a temperature of less than 100◦ F (37.8◦ C), without the use of fever-reducing medications for at least 24 hours.

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