Flu claims first death of season in Pierce County

Alicia Farmer
October 27, 2018

This year's flu shot formulation-chosen by the World Health Organization's best scientific guess at which viruses will flourish based on what is circulating across the globe-includes strains of H1N1, H3N2 and two strains of influenza B. But there's no way of knowing in advance whether the correct strains were chosen, especially considering the flu virus is always evolving, explained Saxinger. In Oklahoma, 27 people have been hospitalized for flu-like symptoms between September 1 and October 16, according to the State Department of Health's weekly statistics.

"They do surveillance in the Eastern Hemisphere because it will occur there first in the world", said Christine Schmidt, a Jeffco Public Health nurse supervisor.

He name was not released.

The CDC found 30 million people aged 18 to 64 got sick with flu last season.

"It's shifting where you view where to go get your shots", she said.

"This strain was new in 2009 but we haven't seen it much in the last couple of years".

Last year's flu killed 80,000 people, the CDC reported, making it the most lethal flu epidemic in decades.

“Thats also not the flu.

The agency recommends that everyone six months and older get a seasonal flu shot - which can keep you from getting flu, make flu less severe if you do get it, and keep you from spreading flu to your family and others - every year.

The only people who should not get a flu shot are children under six months old and people with severe, life-threatening allergies to flu vaccine or any ingredient in the vaccine.

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Marina Mangham, a pharmacy technician at Ralph's Family Pharmacy in Edmond, said pharmacists have been administering the vaccine since the business opened five years ago.

"It ultimately is a personal choice", she said.

She added, "If you get vaccinated, you may protect some of your other loved ones that you're around".

Henry said vaccines with four dead flu strains tend to be the most effective. By getting vaccinated, you are not only protecting yourself, but protecting those in the population who are most at risk of contracting and getting seriously ill from influenza.

"The flu shot is proven to reduce the number of doctor visits, hospitalizations and deaths related to the flu", says Andrea McLellan, manager of the vaccine preventable diseases program. Getting the vaccine will prevent not only you from getting the flu, but other people around you as well.

Another reason you might still get the flu is that since the creation of the vaccine.

FOMO was a dominant Walgreen's survey result, as 82 percent of Americans say having the flu made them miss out on things they wanted to do.

The safety of the flu vaccine has been a common concern providers hear.

"At the very beginning of the vaccination season past year, there were widely distributed reports that the vaccine used in Australia was only 10 percent effective, and I think, by golly, that turned a lot of people off", Schaffner said.

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