Health Ministry confirms 24 influenza deaths to date

In the most severe cases, the flu can result in a hospital stay or even death. For additional tips and information on influenza immunization, you should consult a GP, nurse or pharmacist, or read the Public Health England Flu Vaccination Pamphlet. Therefore, prevention is better than cure. It is not too late to get vaccinated and help protect yourself and the people around you from flu. North Dakota's immunization rate previous year was 32.9%, which was similar to the national average.

Wakulla, Gadsden, Jackson, Hamilton, Suwannee and Taylor counties are all in the "mild" category, though Wakulla also reported one or two flu outbreaks between November 17 and November 23. Not all flu instances are confirmed with medical visits so actual numbers would be higher.

Flu is an illness caused by virus that attacks the nose, throat, and lungs. Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning a day before symptoms develop and up to a week after becoming sick.

In the United States, it's recommended that everyone over the age of six months be vaccinated against the flu.

Health experts say young children are more susceptible to the Influenza virus.

In addition to receiving the flu shot, it is also important to practice good health habits.


A new shipment of high dose vaccine is expected in early to mid-December. The higher dose has been shown to increase antibody response in this age group. Dr. Alex Roby at Red River ER in Sherman said flu activity in North Texas has increased heavily in the last two weeks, and it looks as if the season is going to be prolonged. There is an adequate amount of flu vaccine available this season, the NDDoH reports. This can include your health care provider's office, county health departments, pharmacies, and community vaccination clinics.

So far this season, influenza B Victoria is the most common strain of flu being seen. The vaccines contain three or four components to protect against multiple strains of the virus.

Acting commissioner Alison Arwady says the flu season typically peaks in January and February.

It is estimated that on average about 8% of the USA population gets sick from the flu each season (2018 CDC study).

To help stop the spread of the flu, it is advisable to cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze and wash their hands regularly.

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