Published: Sun, November 04, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

IN health officials report first flu-related death of the season

IN health officials report first flu-related death of the season

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Public health authorities urge the public to take flu seriously and get vaccinated against it. Oneida County offers flu clinics at $25 per vaccine or $50 for a high-dose formulation designed for people age 65 and older, who may be more susceptible and benefit from a stronger version. "We think that people do have a good amount of immunity against H3N2, which we've had for the last two seasons".

This time past year, only three were recorded. But they increase when temperatures drop and the virus becomes more active.

"Flu vaccines are lifesaving".

Everyone 6 months or older should get the influenza vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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"We don't typically see flu-related deaths this early in the season, but flu viruses circulate year-round and can have heartbreaking consequences at any time", said Dr. Box.

In mice treated intranasally using an adenovirus vector, the antibodies provided near-universal protection against both influenza A and B viruses. Treatment with a prescription antiviral drug is especially important for hospitalized patients, people with severe flu illness and those who are at high risk of serious flu complications based on their age or health. "So I think some of the predictions around what we might be seeing this year is that we might be back to an H1N1 season".

If these preclinical findings translate into humans, the approach may be a powerful tool to fight flu in vulnerable populations now not covered by traditional vaccination.

An effective, important way to protect yourself is by getting a flu shot - which should not actually give you the flu.

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