Young people dying from flu

The flu vaccine is drawn from the vile into the needle at Crawford Kids Clinic in Aurora Colorado

A young child who died after testing positive for influenza is the first pediatric-flu associated death in Riverside County this flu season, health officials said Wednesday.

Hastings Prince Edward health unit manager of communicable diseases Bill Sherlock says, of the 24 cases reported in Quinte, only three were children. "That is why the Camden County Department of Health and Human Services wants you to know that it's not too late to get your flu shot".

"If you haven't had your flu shot yet, you should run, not walk, to go get your flu shot", said Dr. Kolawole Bankole, director/administrator of Portland Public Health.

Flu symptoms usually come on suddenly instead of slowly developing and are characterized by chills, body aches, fatigue and a headache.

Nationwide, federal health officials are reporting sharp increases in flu activity.

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"This year's vaccine is a good match for the strains of flu that are circulating and it is not too late to be vaccinated".

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 80,000 people died nationally, including 180 children, during last year's flu season.

This year's flu season is already making its first victims across the USA and Canada, as well.

The most important thing to remember during cold and flu season is to protect yourself against these germs when you are around other people.

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. Children aged nine and older must be accompanied by an adult.

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Maintaining healthy habits, like getting enough sleep, exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet and drinking enough water, can also help you stay healthy this flu season. To shorten wait times, you can also schedule a flu shot at a time convenient for you by calling 419-774-4700.

In Clark County, the flu killed at least 14 people last season.

Local health care providers and pharmacies all over Lee County also provide flu shots. We still need to do more research to determine if it's actually helping prevent transmission of the flu from one person to another.

People at high risk of complications who experience influenza-like illness should seek medical care without delay. The spreading of Influenza can be greatly diminished by frequent hand washing, staying away from ill individuals, staying home when sick, usage of masks, staying hydrated, and sneezing into the elbow, not the hand.

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