ND Health Department reporting widespread flu activity

22 December, 2017, 00:36 | Author: Andrea Terry
  • Flu not hitting area as hard as other counties

Keep your hands clean by washing.

Just last week, 96 people in the county were hospitalized with flu-related illnesses. "The number of cases has been climbing but steadily, not "spiking".

There were two recent flu-related deaths in McLean County, said Coroner Kathy Davis.

Since August, 709 cases of the flu have been reported in North Dakota.

Hospital administrators contend that most local health care professionals and numerous national organizations are united in the belief that requiring a vaccine or a mask protects patients not only from the flu but life-threatening complications. "A study published earlier this year in a pediatric journal shows that flu vaccination can significantly reduce a child's risk of dying from influenza", Koening said.


Beyond getting a flu shot, there are other things we can do for ourselves and for family, friends, co-workers and the community.

In addition to children between the ages of two to eight (age on August 31, 2017), other groups strongly advised to get vaccinated are pregnant women, individuals from six months of age with long term health conditions, people aged 65 and over and carers. His death is the fifth for San Diego County this flu season.

"I can come up with studies that say Vitamin D is more effective against influenza than a vaccine", said a nurse. CDC officials claim that is caused by the immune system making antibodies to the killed viruses in the vaccine that help a person fight off the flu.

Brown said flu vaccinations at the health department are trending down, but with so many pharmacies and urgent care centers in the area offering shots, she believes the total number of people getting vaccinated is about normal.

Burton said that's not good for avoiding flu and infections, as the germs from the facial tissue are transferred to the inside of the pocket or the sleeve, and can be picked up again by touching those places afterwards. And contain your germs by staying home if you are sick.

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