Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
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McHenry County health official says flu season not at peak, encourages vaccinations

McHenry County health official says flu season not at peak, encourages vaccinations

The death toll is lower, too, having reached a total of 91 at this point last season.

Kaiser noted it's not too late to get vaccinated against influenza.

The flu spreads "mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk".

MA has had about 2,200 confirmed influenza cases through the first week of January this season, according to MA state data.

That year, Clark County didn't enter active flu season until the end of January, and stayed above the 10 percent threshold until spring. For those who get a flu shot and still contract influenza, symptoms tend to be milder and not last as long, research has shown.

"We're really just now getting into our flu season", said Dr. Michelle Murti of Public Health Ontario, noting that the proportion of tests on people with respiratory bugs that came back positive for influenza had doubled to 16 per cent in the week ending December 29, compared to eight per cent the week before.

"We are seeing the shift from the elderly people in the last couple of years, while this year is more of a younger demographic", said Dr. Silvina Mema, Interior Health Medical Health Officer.

Health officials are urging residents to get a flu vaccine, as it is the best way to protect yourself against the potentially risky virus. But there are a number of reasons to get vaccinated now if you haven't done so already.

A spokesperson for the HSE said that the best way to protect yourself is to get the flu vaccine. The CDC estimates that 80,000 people died of the flu during the 2017-2018 season.

Hafiz said the flu shot does not cause an illness.

Note to readers: This is a corrected story.

No other details regarding the child's death have been released at this time. It also misstated the percentage of children that make up B.C.'s population.

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