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First Flu Death Of Season Reported

First Flu Death Of Season Reported

The health department is offering the seasonal flu shot, free of charge, to any child that is kindergarten-age through grade 12.

The flu started circulating in Clark County a little earlier than usual previous year, with activity picking up at the end of October.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends that nearly everyone over six months of age should receive the flu vaccine.

"Getting the flu vaccine is the single best way to protect yourself from the flu", she said. The flu vaccine can reduce influenza illness, doctors' visits, and missed work and school due to the flu.

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Because flu viruses are constantly changing, the vaccine composition is reviewed each year and is updated as needed based on which influenza viruses are making people sick, the news release states. Oeding emphasized the importance of the vaccine for those who interact with children under 6 months old. Relatives of people with these conditions are also encouraged to get the flu shot, as are health workers.

Quinlisk says now is a good time to be vaccinated, before the holiday season begins. In Dubois County, the health department has administered roughly 1,400 flu vaccines, which Oeding says is on par with recent years. Symptoms include sore throat, cough, runny nose, fever, head and muscle aches, fatigue and occasionally vomiting and diarrhea.

Influenza is highly contagious, and can lead to serious complications and hospitalizations for people who are most vulnerable, Jalbert said.


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