Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

N. Idaho woman over 50 is first flu death of season

N. Idaho woman over 50 is first flu death of season

The Oklahoma Department of Health said Thursday that both victims were 65 years of age or older and were residents of northeastern Oklahoma.

Dr. Joseph Kanter, Louisiana Office of Public Health Medical Director, said, "Do not underestimate the flu".

Flu season generally begins in early winter or late autumn and can extend into the spring.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that most Americans 6 months and older get an annual flu vaccine.

Ott says it is particularly important to receive the flu shot to protect those within society who cannot receive the flu shot as well as those who are immune compromised.

Ott maintains the flu vaccine is indeed safe and has benefited millions of Canadians since 1946. So far, he says the vaccine was able to protect mice from multiple strains of flu. "Plus you are limited to what vaccine is offered: standard and high-dose and it is only 20-30 percent effective and yet some people still choose it".

You can locate a nearby flu shot clinic at 2-1-1 Arizona or Stop the Spread AZ, or by calling 211 within Arizona or toll free 1-877-211-8661 from anywhere.


Avoid people who appear sick.

Ott says there are a lot of misconception out there concerning the flu vaccine and it safety.

In fact, offering the painless alternative to the shot could help health officials achieve their goal of getting 70 percent of Americans vaccinated.

It's not worth experiencing, if you can prevent it with the flu shot.

The monitoring is done by the CDC'S U.S. Flu Vaccine Effectiveness Network, and similar studies are conducted in the United Kingdom, Canada and Finland, explains Dr. Chris Ambrose, franchise head with U.S. Medical Affairs, respiratory division at AstraZeneca, the maker of the FluMist Quadrivalent.

Along with receiving the flu shot, Ott says it is important to: wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your nose, ears and mouth with unclean hands, cough into a tissue or your sleeve, keep frequently touched common surfaces clean, avoid hand shakes and try not to use other people's phones, computers or work tools.

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