Flu epidemic death toll grows to 12 in Pierce County

Flu epidemic death toll grows to 12 in Pierce County

Health officials are still urging people to get flu shots. "Every year it ranges a little bit - the estimate is about 60 percent of the time it will prevent the flu from happening, but that still leaves 40 percent".

"I'm a firm believer in vaccinations, and a lot of people don't take the flu seriously; it can kill", said Osborne.

"I'm not too anxious about my children; we keep a good eye on them".

The facts are bad enough: Eight elderly Lane County residents have died from influenza in less than a month. "Recognizing that the flu can easily spread in a school, the workplace and any location where people congregate, the vaccine is the easiest and best way to protect yourself and others from a virus that can be deadly". "The virus is widespread and the vaccine is not 100%" Dr. Wooten said.

As of Friday, there have been 20 recorded flu cases over the past couple of weeks, according to the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness.

"People often get the flu mixed up with a stomach bug, such as the norovirus, which is also now in Iowa", Malloy explained.

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For older adults who have not received a flu vaccine, the CDC also recommends two pneumococcal vaccinations to protect against pneumonia, meningitis and bloodstream infections.

People who choose not to vaccinate themselves or their children often do so from the best of motives: They are not sure it's safe.

Douglas said medical personnel need to treat an influenza patient within 48 hours of the first symptoms.

Cleroux said the numbers of individuals getting the vaccine are similar year after year.

The University of Pittsburgh Student Health Service on the second floor of Nordenberg Hall offers free flu vaccine to all University students. "But we are not seeing an increase in our area of the number of people getting the vaccine".

Pharmacy Association of Saskatchewan CEO Dawn Martin said that this is a major increase over the 56,000 shots administered by pharmacists last flu season. "Although for some influenza may seem like a mild illness, for others it really is debilitating and can be fatal, particularly for those in a vulnerable group". Influenza A (H3N2) and influenza A viruses that have not been subtyped have been most prevalent in the state, according to laboratory results from World Health Organization/National Respiratory and Enteric Virus Surveillance System (WHO/NREVSS).