Health Ministry Speaks On Flu Concerns

Health Ministry Speaks On Flu Concerns

Health Ministry Speaks On Flu Concerns

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is confirming the first pediatric flu death in the state this season.

"The flu can knock you out for a whole week and really affect your studies", Chai said.

Flu season starts in mid-October and lasts until the end of May, Chai and Camarena said.

"I'm surprised to continue to meet people who have not yet gotten their flu shot", he said.

Health officials also say the number inf Influenza B cases are on the rise this week.

Health officials are strongly recommending that everyone 6 months of age and older get a seasonal flu vaccine.

At highest risk for the flu, the elderly, people with compromised immune systems and children. The flu season can run into May.

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Nationwide, the flu epidemic is considered the worst in at least a decade.

Moore said with the reports of flu deaths, their phones are ringing with residents rushing for the vaccine.

People also should wash their hands often, avoid touching their faces, cover their coughs and stay home when they're feeling sick to protect themselves and others, Dawson said.

The total reported through February 3 is almost 4,000 more cases in the state than were reported for all 2016, Gongwer said. One of the death has been identified - an 8-year-old girl from Queens died Monday after she was brought to the hospital with flu symptoms.

Officials of Aurora, Illinois, close a Catholic school, while those of Atlanta, Georgia, and NY recommended citizens to wear masks, to use germicide sprays to clean their hands and to avoid crowdy spaces. With those numbers expected to increase health officials in north Georgia are stepping up flu prevention efforts. This disease is spread through discharges from the nose and mouth and it is important that people keep a good respiratory hygiene to control the spread.

In Kansas, more than 12 percent of Kansans who went to see a doctor had an influenza-like illness last week, according to the KDHE.

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