You should keep taking steps to prevent flu, coronavirus

Henrietta Strickland
February 14, 2020

Nationally, the Centers for Disease Control has reported 10 influenza-associated pediatric deaths occurred from January 4 to January 25.

Dr. Lee said predicting the specific immunization for a particular seasons' flu strain can be a bit of a guessing game, but this year's vaccine has had a good success rate. Seven were associated with influenza B viruses and three were associated with influenza A.

"We have been looking at general trends and we are definitely not on the downward slope yet".

Health officials say this is the state's first influenza-associated pediatric death from the 2019-20 flu season. The period usually lasts from late fall to early spring.

A new coronavirus continues to grab headlines across the globe but closer to home health officials say residents should be more anxious about an old and annual nemesis: Influenza.

Shelby Public Schools superintendent Elliott Crump says during flu season, they work closely with health officials and parents to keep everyone up to date.

Since the end of September, 2,095 people have hospitalized because of the flu in Colorado and the state is considered to have widespread flu activity.

"The effectiveness varies, but on average is 60 per cent effective", Loeb said.

Flu symptoms range from mild to severe, and can affect anyone at any age. "Like, there's this and they think people know what that is already, what it is or how you get it, but it's not that helpful when you say this big medical term and nobody (understands it)".

"Common side effects are local at the injection site like redness or swelling". "There is still time to protect yourself and your loved ones this flu season".

With over 40,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus worldwide and seven cases in Canada as of early February, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), DeBenedet says what one would normally do to avoid the flu will likely also protect you from the feared coronavirus. She said students can prevent the spread of influenza by washing their hands, covering their cough and getting a flu shot.

Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

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