Oswego County reports two flu deaths

Oswego County reports two flu deaths

Oswego County reports two flu deaths

Health officials say those two deaths were in fact linked to the flu, adding to the more than 50 children reported to have died from the flu across the country.

Public health officials in Maryland began noticing an increase in the flu in mid to late December and are warning the public to take measures to prevent getting the flu, especially getting a flu shot. Officials said the vast majority of reported cases - 78 percent - are in residents who have not been vaccinated for the flu this season.

"This year's flu season is the worst our country has seen in almost 10 years, and our area has not been spared", said Lenowisco Health District Director Dr. Eleanor Sue Cantrell.

The health department suggests checking a hospital's website or calling in advance to learn more about restrictions at a specific location and any exceptions.

Flu symptoms generally improve in a few days but can last for about a week or even longer.

Dr. Dan Jernigan, director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said the flu activity this season is high in 42 states and the District of Columbia as of the last full week of January.

The severity of the flu varies from year to year.

Twenty-three deaths have been reported in Spokane County from the flu this season, adding to a total of 132 in the state of Washington.

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NVHD restocked with flu shots and are offering them Saturday, Feb. 10.

Common symptoms of the flu include fever, body aches, fatigue, coughing and a sore throat.

Clean hands. If soap and water aren't available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

Frequent hand-washing and avoiding contact with those who may have the flu is recommended.

"It seems like the effects of the flu are affecting people really severely", he said.

Avoid touching the eyes, nose or mouth.

Next: Get a flu shot. It can reduce flu-related illnesses, visits to the doctor, missed work and school and flu-related hospitalizations. According to the CDC, the vaccine was 48 percent effective in 2016-17 and 59 percent effective in 2015-16.

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