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First North Idaho flu death of the season


The total number of influenza-associated deaths reported this season is now 10, although this does not represent all flu-associated deaths in the state, since many go undiagnosed or unreported, according to the agency.

"Just looking at the statewide data, I think it's fair to say there's been an increase", Butler said.

The strain of influenza hitting northeast Wisconsin is especially bad and can cause more severe symptoms than usual.

Sarah Ciolli, a registered nurse and infection preventionist at Terre Haute Regional Hospital, said it is likely that as colder weather approaches, more cases of the viral infection will be seen.

He said those at high risk for complications related to the flu should get a vaccine at a local health departments or other providers.

General of influenza virus that it has are influenza A and Influenza C. Influenza C is rare, whereas Influenza A which is also known as swine influenza with subtypes H1N1, H1N2, H3N2, and H7N9, is the main cause of Swine flu. It takes about two weeks for immunization to fully take hold.

Creating efficacious remedies for the flu is no easy task, as it's the only vaccine-preventable disease that continuously adapts.


White says, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services' Secretary Vicki Yates Brown Glisson has it right when she says get the shot and apply common sense.

Flu symptoms include sore throat, fever, headache, muscle aches and soreness, congestion and cough.

Health officials at the Washington State Department of Health say influenza season is in full swing and all indicators show sharp increases in the number of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths over the past several weeks.

State officials say there are adequate supplies of flu vaccine still available this season. To reduce this threat, CDPH recommends the annual flu vaccine for everyone six months of age and older, including pregnant women.

The early stage of the flu season means is still a good time to get a flu vaccine, Butler said, whether or not you've been down with one of this year's bugs.

Still, the office saw a jump in flu and other illnesses during the holiday season. For all ages, including children age 6 months and older. Other preventive measures - staying away from people who are sick, covering the mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, and frequent hand-washing - also help slow the spread of influenza. "Wash your hands. If you do get sick with high risk conditions or are severely ill, see your doctor".

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