MSDH reports first flu case of 2018

71 per cent fall in number of flu cases

National Influenza Vaccination week is a national awareness campaign focused on highlighting the importance of continuing flu vaccination through the holiday season and beyond.

People can find out where flu shots are available at texasflu.org or by contacting their health care provider.

In a related announcement, during September 2018, the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) said on its website that they recommend that all women who are or might be pregnant during the influenza season receive an influenza vaccine.

Adult hepatitis A vaccines are also available for people 19 years old and older.

Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, muscle and body aches and fatigue.

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Montana health officials say a Missoula County child has become the first person to die of an influenza-related illness in the state this season. In serious cases, it can cause inflammation of the heart and brain in addition to direct injury to the lungs themselves. There are a few theories on why this happens, including decreased strain on overall heart function and minimizing the effects of inflammation on potentially unsafe plaques within the arteries.

The Putnam County Health Department is having a drive-thru flu shot clinic 7:30 a.m. through 4 p.m.at their office at 701 County Services Dr.

Need help finding a place to get a flu shot? Seasonal flu viruses continue to appear throughout the year.

According to ACIP, the most commonly reported reason for not receiving influenza vaccination before or during pregnancy was the belief that the vaccine is not effective (20.2%). Those with a higher risk, such as the elderly or those with a chronic illness, should get the vaccine as early as possible.

Flu can be serious for anyone, but vaccination is especially important for people who are at greater risk of complications from the flu.

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