Health Department: Flu arriving early this year

Henrietta Strickland
October 11, 2017

Muscat: Though the number of Influenza cases has dropped by nearly a quarter, compared with 2016, the Ministry of Health (MoH) has warned residents to be vigilant as flu season approaches.

At Monday's Ellis County Commission meeting, members of the commission and the audience got their flu shot through the county health department.

"In 2017, there were 952 cases until October 10 of influenza while 2016 saw 1492 cases", the ministry said in a statement.

WDH spokeswoman Kim Deti says we are already starting to see some early signs of flu season, and since the flu shot takes a couple of weeks to take full effect, it's important to get vaccinated early. She says the shots are covered by most health insurance plans, adding the department has help available for many adults and children. The Health Unit also operates a satellite clinic in Seymour 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.

McCue said they initially ordered 750 doses of the vaccine and have already ordered 600 doses.

People with allergies to vaccine ingredients can often receive the vaccine safely, if it is given in a doctors office where they can be monitored.

According to the latest report by the MoH, deaths as a result of influenza have reduced over the past three years, with the 2017 season seeing eight cases of deaths so far, compared with 2015, which recorded 25 deaths.

According to the Center for Disease Control, even though new observations about the flu vaccine continue to be made, experts continue to recommend annual flu vaccinations for children and adults.

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