Oklahoma Health Officials Say 2 People Died Due To Influenza

Marie Harrington
December 1, 2017

Public health officials in Australia stated that there were above-average hospitalizations and deaths from the flu.

With the holiday season also underway, folks are searching for the best airfare to visit family, or making plans for loved ones coming in to town. The flu vaccine does not cause the flu. Since the vaccination can take up to two weeks to build up full immunity, now is prime time for prevention. That could eliminate the need for people to get new flu shots each year.

FACT: The flu vaccine isn't manufactured with a live virus, so it can not cause the flu. The vaccine that the Australians received was only 10 percent effective. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. But that's not the case.

Symptoms of the flu included, fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and extreme fatigue.

Myth 2. You can't spread the flu when you don't feel sick.

FACT: Simply put, the flu vaccine is the best protection you can get. Viruses have a tendency to mutate over time, which makes the vaccine less effective. Flu viruses typically circulate widely into the spring months, and it isn't clear if the early start will mean an early end or a long season.

Navarrette still suggests getting your flu shot to protect yourself and your family.

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At last check there has been only one lab confirmed flu death in Washington this season.

Myth 4. Flu season is annoying but can't cause major harm.

FACT: Each year, the seasonal influenza vaccine includes the strains that researchers found will be most prevalent throughout the season.

This year's flu season could be more extreme than in year's past and as it turns out, the vaccine might not be as strong as experts hoped. Those hospitalized were people over 50 and children under 5.

FACT: Influenza certainly does not discriminate.

The influenza virus has already killed two people in Washington state, including a 60 year old Spokane County man. Nationwide figures aren't as up-to-date, but show 400 people have tested positive for flu after being hospitalized with suspicious symptoms as of November 18.

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