3 more kids die of influenza: US CDC report

Health officials encourage Albertans to get their 'very effective' flu shot

The Health Department says you can get a flu shot up until spring and you shouldn't need another until next winter.

Needless to say, many of us prefer to rely on "natural" remedies and avoid any side effects from prescription medicines in any health concern.

Another reason is that the influenza vaccine tends to perform better during seasons dominated by H1N1, she said, noting that Australia reported a comparable effectiveness rating using the same formulation during its recent flu season.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, last year's flu and complications from it killed 80,000 people - the highest national influenza death toll in 40 years.

Flu hospitalizations across the state are almost identical to last year but there have been more influenza-related deaths this year compared to last year during the same week, Warner said in the email.

In the 2017-18 influenza season, there were 29 influenza-related deaths in Iowa almost 600 hospitalizations by January 13.

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The flu season in Iowa this season is widespread, meaning "there's a fair amount of activity", Pedati said. While such a good match doesn't guarantee that this year's flu vaccine will be effective, it is a very good sign. But during this time period in each of the last two years, 23 people under age 65 had died of the flu in the state.

Influenza has an abrupt onset, typically with a fever or chills, muscle or body aches including a headache and fatigue. About half of those people have sought medical care for the illness, including more than 100,000 who were hospitalized. For the last three weeks, the health authority has seen fewer than three new lab-confirmed cases a day, down from five new cases a day, Waters said.

Cold and changing weather increase our risk of getting sick with seasonal flu (or simply "the flu").

For young children, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems, the flu virus can be deadly, and it isn't always obvious who is vulnerable.

It's not too late to get the shot and have it help even if you get the flu, Parry said. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and throw the tissue in the trash, then wash your hands.

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