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Child flu death reported in Pitt County

Child flu death reported in Pitt County”

Nearly half the country is experiencing high flu activity, including Alabama, according to the state's Department of Health. In short, the flu isn't messing around this year and it could have risky consequences for kids, the elderly and people with chronic illnesses. "It's not too late if you haven't already". While every flu season is different, last year's flu season peaked in March, so you still have time to protect yourself with the flu vaccine. Avoid contact with sick people.

With cases on the rise, the Shelby County Health Department is offering free flu vaccinations Thursday at all of its clinics. "When the baby is born, it has some protection until they can get vaccinated at six months of age". Contrary to popular belief, the flu shot will not give you the flu because it is not a live virus. Last year, one person was admitted to an ICU for the flu in Kern County.

Unfortunately, the CDC recently advised that the flu mist nasal spray proved ineffective in treating the flu last season.

But they still recommend the extra step of the vaccine.

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The good news is that the flu vaccine is covered under most individual insurance plans, Medicare, Medicaid and plans purchased through your employer when administered at your primary care doctor's office. "We're still encouraging people to get their flu shot".

School nurses have reported increased absences the past two weeks due to a variety of illnesses, including flu, officials said.

The health systems are asking anyone younger than 12 and anyone experiencing flu-like symptoms to refrain from visiting patients in the hospital at this time. "These numbers are higher than anything we saw past year; for comparison, the highest peak for Mountain States during the 2015-16 season was 118 cases in one week".



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