As flu deaths rise in region, health officials warn of second strain

Bryan Strickland
February 17, 2018

It's important to note that the state health department only tracks flu deaths in pregnant women and children. So far 153 people have died during the 2017-18 flu season, which breaks a record from past year.

The Palm Beach Post reported that high humidity can deter the spread of the flu, because "water in the air encapsulates airborne viruses, making them heavy, and causing them to fall to the ground more quickly".

Automatic hand sanitizers, face masks and on-site flu testing are all part of Lenbrook's protocol during flu season.

To combat this, the vaccination will be offered at no cost to recipients at all county health departments in Oklahoma. There were eight pediatric flu deaths in NY during the 2016-2017 flu season. But the flu vaccine, with its variable effectiveness and weaknesses that require people to go in year after year, presents a compliance barrier for busy people. Anyone who hasn't received the flu vaccine is encouraged to attend.

All three had underlying medical conditions, officials said.

The state is not breaking down flu-related deaths at the county level, officials said.

Friday, the local health department launched "Free Flu Fridays". This year, vaccines are preventing 36 percent of illnesses, the report said.

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There have been 4,916 confirmed flu cases reported in El Paso, approximately ten times the number of cases seen at this time previous year.

At A.G. Rhodes, extra steps are taken to keep germs from spreading by someone visiting a resident who has the flu or other contagious illness.

Whether Ms. Clark had a flu shot is unknown, he said, but "we don't believe she did".

Carteret Health Care is restricting vistors under age 18 and limiting the number of visitors per patient to two people.

"CDC continues to recommend influenza vaccination because the vaccine can still prevent some infections with now circulating influenza viruses, which are expected to continue circulating for several weeks", it says.

"When teachers started having to stay home also, it was apparent there was a problem", Levengood said.

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