El Paso County child dies of flu

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While reported cases of flu-like symptoms have decreased in January, levels of the illness are still high and health workers advise that MS residents get a flu shot this season.

Carla Turner, a nurse at the health department, said despite the rise in the number of cases, about the same number of flu shots, 4,500, have been given as in previous years. "The average age of death of the other34 people who died as a result of the flu is 75 years of age".

They have said they believe that flu season is peaking and will continue to affect people for several more weeks. In region six, which covers Lauderdale County and its neighbors, reported the rate of flu symptoms decreased 7.9 percent since the previous week. She said symptoms of the flu are respiratory, such as having a fever, coughing, nasal congestion, a headache or body ache. "But we are in peak flu season".

There have been 2,181 confirmed flu cases reported in El Paso so far this flu season.

She said if residents received the flu shot and have symptoms of a stomach bug, they could still be protected against the flu.

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Even with rest, her condition starts getting worse only 24 hours after the fact, and Thomas was taken to the crisis room at the adjacent Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, California.

According to CDH, vaccine effectiveness against Influenza A has been around 30 percent but effectiveness against other strands circulating has been about 50 to 60 percent.

While a flu shot will not make you invincible to the virus, according to the CDC, "An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to reduce your risk of getting sick with seasonal flu and spreading it to others". In addition, Jernigan said, yet another type of flu, caused by the influenza B viruses, is still expected to show up later in the season.

- While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them. "We encourage everyone to be vigilant about handwashing and to keep their hands away from their eyes, nose and mouth", Jason Payne, Rush Foundation Hospital's administrator said via email.

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