Flu shot could cut risk of heart attacks

First flu-related death of a child confirmed in Harris County

First flu-related death of a child confirmed in Harris County

Schwartz said it's not only the U.S. that has been hit with an especially very bad flu season; Canada has had a knock in flu cases, too.

The state health department only tracks pediatric and pregnancy-related flu deaths. By comparison, Westmoreland has had 2,361 cases; Washington, 1,775 cases, and Butler, 977 cases.

Lexington's deadly flu season has already eclipsed last season's totals, and health officials are reporting additional cases.

DE public health officials announced Monday the state again broke its previous record, set just the week prior, regarding the number of lab-confirmed flu cases in a single week-and added 6 more fatalities to the total amount caused by the illness.

No appointments are needed to receive a flu shot at any county health department. Last week saw the fewest number of new cases in Blair since the week ending January 20. It is not known whether any of these people had an underlying medical conditions.

Health officials confirmed Harris County's first flu-related death of a child.

Estimates in recent years say the vaccine can lower the average person's risk of getting sick with the flu anywhere from 40% to 60% when there's a good match between the circulating flu viruses and those used to create the vaccine, the CDC says. "Hopefully, the worst is past us".

Since flu season can last as late as May, HCPH reminds individuals to remain diligent in protecting themselves and their families against the flu. Making a bad year worse, this year's flu vaccine is estimated to be only 25 percent effective against that type.

The viability of the flu vaccine changes each year, as per the CDC.

Dr. Donald Yealy, UPMC's vice president emergency and urgent case, nobody should yet celebrate the end of flu season.

Twenty people were tested for the flu overnight Monday, according to Susan Wyatt with UTMC. Other regions, like parts of Europe and Hong Kong, have also reported a flurry of flu activity.

Flu symptoms include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, congestion, body aches, headaches and severe fatigue.

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