An Early….and Tough….Flu Season in Beatrice Area

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In Dallas County, 18 flu-related deaths have been reported this season, according to WFAA.

The health department said a one-year-old boy from Lucas County, Ohio has died from the flu.

The most recent update to the Walgreen's Flu Index finds Kentucky ranking at No. 14 for states with the heaviest cases of diagnosed influenza.

And if you need a little incentive, know that Nevada is listed as one of 26 states with high flu activity this season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"We've had a lot of emergency room visits with the flu, urgent care visits, increased clinic visits", said Dr.

So far, 34 flu cases have been reported in the county and 1,445 in the state.

On social media, Medical City Lewisville educated the public on how to differentiate between the common cold, also normal in the winter weather, and the more serious flu virus.

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Flu symptoms can come on suddenly with a fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, headache and fatigue, though not everyone with the flu runs a fever, Rohler noted. Normally we don't peak until January and February, but it started long before the holidays this year.

Of course, officials say it's never too late to get a flu shot.

"According to the latest data, the now circulating viruses in Hong Kong, including the influenza B and influenza A H1 and H3 viruses, were antigenically similar to the components of the northern hemisphere influenza vaccine adopted in the 2017-18 Government Vaccination Programme and Vaccination Subsidy Scheme", the spokesman said.

"The virus we're giving them is dead, it's virtually impossible to get the flu from a vaccine", de Lota said.

In addition to vaccination, public information officer Alexandra Reed said consistent hand washing and staying home if you are sick are the keys to preventing the virus' spread.

Visitors are also being urged to stay away from residential care facilities if they have respiratory symptoms, or the diarrhea and nausea associated with Norovirus or similar gastro-intestinal infections.

The Department of Health Services said getting vaccinated is the most effective protection against the flu. Antiviral drugs can prevent flu complications. They are most effective if they are taken within the first two days of contracting the illness. Among them, 73 cases (88 per cent) did not receive seasonal influenza vaccination for the respective season.

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