Flu has already killed 20 kids in IL this season

While the flu has stayed mostly silent over the last month, doctors say they're seeing a change.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's latest report shows more than 14,000 cases across the nation.

"The best thing we can do for our health and the health of our communities is to prevent illness, " said TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner.

Unlike other research teams that focus on "universal" flu vaccines that could be administered once, like a MMR immunization, Dr. Ross's team believes that the key to successfully implementing a "permanent" flu shot is to create one that needs to be repeated every three to five years. Expectant mothers should be vaccinated during pregnancy to protect themselves and pass protection on to their unborn babies.

During the week of January 29 through February 4, Mountain States hospitals recorded 86 positive flu cases. "These numbers are higher than anything we saw a year ago; for comparison, the highest peak for Mountain States during the 2015-2016 season was 118 cases in one week". Our average death rate is usually 22 per year.

Flu activity is widespread in most of the country and Idaho is no exception, seeing an uptick in influenza deaths.

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There have been 896 cases of flu this year in DE, with 159 of those coming from Sussex County, the release said. At least 20 children have reportedly died from the virus since late 2016.

Rockland residents can call the Rockland County Department of Health at (845) 364-2520 to make an appointment to get your flu vaccine.

Flu season is never a fun time for parents and their children.

Evaluating the total number of confirmed cases gives health department officials a general impression of how the flu is impacting Pueblo. Flu vaccine is also widely available across Tennessee from a number of providers including pharmacies, grocery store clinics and primary care providers.

"Older adults, infants and those with substantial underlying medical problems have a higher risk of complications from influenza infection and should seek medical attention, including consideration for antiviral medications".

The Department of Public Health also reminded people to wash their hands regularly, especially after coughing or sneezing, as well cover their cough or sneeze with a tissue that is thrown away immediately.

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