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Health Department says the flu is running rampant in NY

Health Department says the flu is running rampant in NY

Tina Cass, infection control practitioner for Fairfield Medical Center, said the center has seen six flu-related hospitalizations since October this year.

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.

The same deadly flu strain that hit Australia is here in Middle Tennessee, and doctors say it's especially a concern for older people.

Abilene pharmacist James McCoy said he hasn't seen a large number of people coming in with flu so far, but he similarly advocated shots for those who haven't had them.

Dr. Shaffner says this year's vaccine is good, but it's never ideal.

The Ohio Department of Health this week announced that flu activity across the state is increasing.

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"It is concerning, because we plan for our influenza season based on what's going on in the Southern Hemisphere, but that doesn't necessarily mean that our vaccine's gonna be 10% effective during our season", said Brock.

"Even if you still get the flu, vaccination can reduce the length of time you are sick", she said. "Most insurances are paying for flu shots, so it's really not a cost to you".

Fairfield Medical Center takes an aggressive stance about getting the word out regarding the importance of vaccinations, starting with providing flu information and an offer to administer the vaccination to every patient who is admitted to the center.

DE officials say a 47-year-old man from New Castle County is the first flu-related death of the season. "If they fail to receive influenza vaccination during pregnancy, postpartum vaccination would also be useful in protecting their infants from the threat of influenza", the authors wrote.

Limitations of the study include the inclusion of only flu deaths from respiratory complications, which might underestimate the actual number of deaths. Likewise, the 257 hospitalizations since the recognized start of the flu season mark a significant increase over the 83 to this point a year ago. "So, you might as well get it and it will protect you to some extent and will cause you to protect your family and the people around you, because you won't be getting ill with the flu and spreading it". This is because getting infected with the flu virus can make certain health conditions worse, including heart disease and diabetes.


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