2 more flu deaths in county bring season’s death toll to 11

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"Often, we see more than one influenza strain throughout the whole winter season".

THE HSE has urged Limerick people in at-risk groups for the flu to get vaccinated, as the number of cases are expected to increase in the coming weeks. In December of 2017 there were 13 hospitalizations.

This year's flu season began in late October and is expected to last through March.

"We also have good evidence that having a flu shot greatly reduces the risk of hospitalization or death even for those who do get the flu anyway", he added.

Zaleski said there have been no pediatric deaths in the county from the flu this season.

McHenry County is facing a rise in the influenza virus, and health care providers are encouraging residents to get vaccinated.

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Brent Lewis via Getty ImagesNeedles sit on the counter waiting to be prepared to administer the annual flu vaccination at Crawford Kids Clinic in Aurora, Colorado.

The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot; the shot is safe for children older than 6 months, and for pregnant women as well.

"The flu shot is important for everyone's health", said Michelle Roush, infection control nurse at PVH. "Patients should get vaccinated as soon as possible after the vaccine is available, and ideally prior to peak activity".

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The Children's Hospital of Wisconsin is temporarily banning children under the age of 12 from visiting in order to prevent the further spread of the flu virus. Because these two types of illnesses have similar symptoms, it can be hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone.

With the flu, most people report a sudden onset of symptoms.

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Monto: Antiviral medications are generally underutilized but are very effective in treating flu symptoms.

The most common symptoms of the flu include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches and fatigue. Most cases occurred in people under age 65.

This question has probably been asked since the first time the flu made someone sick. Appointments are also now being accepted for the flu vaccine. "So what we like to say, 'It's really not all about you'".

In fact, viruses that cause influenza can survive on hard surfaces like phones and keyboards for up to 48 hours.

Various global stakeholders have indicated the benefits of vaccines that induce broad immunity so as to prime the population against newly emerging influenza viruses or other respiratory viruses of pandemic potential.

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