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N. Idaho woman over 50 is state's first flu death of season

N. Idaho woman over 50 is state's first flu death of season

The CDC estimates influenza killed more than 79,000 Americans during the 2017-18 flu season, hospitalized 959,000, and infected 48.8 million.

The public also has the option to not to get vaccinated against the virus, even though it goes against health physician recommendations.

Ott says it is particularly important to receive the flu shot to protect those within society who cannot receive the flu shot as well as those who are immune compromised.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported Friday that the first flu-related death happened this week. These people should get vaccinated because they are at higher risk of having serious flu-related complications. "But it's still given because some people are afraid of needles and they have that option but we highly don't recommend it", said Michelle, Licensed Vocational Nurse at Kaiser Permanente Martinez Medical Center.

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"I think some parents feel like that's an easier way to get the flu vaccine", Dr. Bhargava says. "Plus you are limited to what vaccine is offered: standard and high-dose and it is only 20-30 percent effective and yet some people still choose it".

"Diana and I encourage Illinoisans to safeguard their health by getting a flu shot", Gov. Rauner said.

However, the nasal flu vaccine, FluMist, is made from weakened but live virus cells and may cause flu-like symptoms. Simply taking two doses of the now available vaccine will not be protective.Finally, organ transplant recipients may benefit from booster doses, studies have shown.

Avoid people who appear sick.

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The Hanover and District Hospital is reminding the public to roll up their sleeve and receive their flu shot.

Alan White, Staffordshire County Council's Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing, said: "Schools can make very good breeding grounds for illnesses like flu, because children don't tend to use tissues or wash their hands as much as adults".

Many misconceptions about the flu vaccine linger.

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