More flu deaths reported in Douglas County over 65-years-old

Henrietta Strickland
January 15, 2020

Four more people, over 65, in Douglas County have died from the flu, according to the Douglas County Health Department.

The flu is now widespread in nearly every single state and according to the CDC, we're seeing a record breaking deadly flu season for children.

Pediatrician Doctor Mary Keown tells us children tend to have a more severe reaction to influenza B. She says its not too late for you to get vaccinated.

The South Dakota Department of Health is recommending those at a higher risk of getting the flu to get annual flu vaccinations.

Apparently, the main strain of flu that is circulating doesn't exactly match what's in this year's flu shot.

Per CDC estimates, there have been 9.7 million flu illnesses, 87,000 hospitalizations, and 4,800 deaths from the flu so far this season. The San Luis Obispo County resident was infected with type A.

"This is a sad reminder that the flu can be very serious", county health officer Penny Borenstein said in the news release.

Also parents, do your part in preventing the flu from spreading. "We can all take steps to protect ourselves and our most vulnerable neighbors". Even if you or your children do catch the flu, you're more likely to get a milder case that you can bounce back faster from, with the flu shot in your system.

The flu season generally begins in October or November, peaks between January and February, and can last as late as May. In general, the vaccine is usually 40 to 60% effective, slashing your odds of getting the flu in half if you received the vaccine.

Matt Fountain is The San Luis Obispo Tribune's courts and investigations reporter.

Information from the Associated Press and New York State Department of Health was used in this report.

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