DE reports first flu-related death of season

Glen Mclaughlin
December 14, 2017

As we creep into colder months, Lexington health officials tell LEX 18 that there is an increased risk you could get the Flu.

This year, the percentage of patients reporting flu-like symptoms reached the threshold of 2.2% by late November, an indication that flu season has started, USA TODAY reported.

Many might think of the flu as a temporary setback and inconvenience that comes with the territory during the late fall and winter months, but the reality is that it can be a very unsafe disease.

"One of our partners this morning had seen seven people and five people had the flu, of those seven people, so it's starting", said Dr. Elizabeth Hawse.

Australia had not only record high numbers of flu cases, hospitalizations and deaths, but also a flu shot that doesn't seem to be a good match for the predominant strains. In New York, there were 19 pediatric influenza deaths over the past three seasons and almost 11,200 flu-related hospitalizations each season.

Officials from both agencies are urging residents to get their annual flu shot.

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So are you not getting the vaccine because you've heard it's not very effective this year? Among the reported cases, there have been 612 hospitalizations. Flu season typically lasts until mid-May, and often peaks in February.

This isn't the first time a vaccines effectiveness rate has taken a dive.

Influenza is a serious illness that can lead to hospitalization or death.

"Vaccination is the best way to protect against influenza, and is especially important for health care workers", Zucker said.

"We don't know what's going to happen here", he said.

In addition to getting a dose of the flu vaccine, other key best practices to avoid either catching the flu or spreading the virus include thorough and frequent hand washing, covering up a cough or sneeze with your arm or a tissue rather than your hand, staying home from work if sick and keeping children home from school if they fall ill. "(Centers for Disease Control), the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American College of Nurse-Midwifes and the American Academy of Family Physicians recommend flu shots for all women who are or expect to be pregnant during the flu season". The shot can come with common side effects, however, including soreness, low-grade fever and muscle aches.

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