Meredith Newman Delaware News Journal Published 9:05 AM EDT Sep 10, 2018 Signs of flu season already are arriving from above. Last week passengers on three flights to the U.S. had flu-like symptoms while traveling and were evaluated when the planes touched down. With last year's devastating season, in which 35 people died in Delaware, medical officials are already banging the drum about the importance of flu vaccine shots. 2017 was Delaware's deadliest flu season since the state started keeping records in 2004. While there were more than 9,000 confirmed cases, officials said thousands more had the flu, but didn't come through the official testing system. Here's what you need to know about this year's flu season: The flu is already in the news In the span of two days, passengers on three flights to U.S. cities reportedly had flu-like symptoms while travelling. A dozen passengers on two American Airlines flights from Europe to Philadelphia had a sore … [Read more...] about Goodbye summer, hello flu season: Here’s what you need to know
(CNN) - It's time to call your pediatrician. All children should get a flu shot as soon as it becomes available this season, preferably before the end of October, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends in a policy statement published Monday. It also emphasizes that the shot is preferred over the nasal mist."Everyone over 6 months of age should get their flu vaccine before Halloween," said Atlanta pediatrician Dr. Jennifer Shu, who is a member of the academy but was not involved in the new recommendations. "Don't go trick-or-treating unless you've had your flu shot."Many pediatricians will be offering their patients both the standard flu shot and FluMist nasal spray. The flu shot contains dead influenza virus strains, while the nasal spray contains weakened viruses. The flu shot is the academy's first choice for children 6 months and older because it has provided the most consistent protection against all strains of the virus in recent … [Read more...] about Flu season is around the corner. Is your family prepared?
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U.S. While the heat of summer is still present across much of the country, flu season is fast approaching. Signs are appearing at pharmacies promoting flu shot sales, while offices and schools are starting to offer flu clinics. Last flu season was one of the worst on record and its about to start again. The season runs through fall and winter but usually peaks sometime after December but before February is over. While the peak usually happens within those months, the season can run late and into the springtime, sometimes as late as May, according to the Centers for Disease Control. While the peak of the season doesn’t usually begin until December, that doesn’t mean there’s no flu activity before then. The activity usually begins in October and the CDC recommends that those who plan to get vaccinated against the flu get their vaccines at least two weeks before the season starts. It can take about two weeks for the body to form antibodies to fight the flu after the … [Read more...] about Flu Season 2018-19: When, Where to Get Your Shot, How Bad Will It Be This Year
Updated 2:55 pm CDT, Saturday, July 21, 2018 CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Twenty-seven Wyoming residents have died from flu-related illnesses during the most recent influenza season. The Casper Star-Tribune reports its the most deaths from flu-related complications in three years and nearly double the deaths of the 2016-17 season. The state Department of Health's spokeswoman Kim Deti says they are characterizing the 2017-18 season as severe. She says at least five people from Natrona County and one child from Fremont County have died from flu-related illnesses. Deti says 18 of the 27 people that died were over 65, and the median age was 75. MySA News Videos Now Playing: Now Playing SAPD lieutenant fired after derogatory Facebook post San Antonio Express-News Woman fatally ejected from vehicle during rollover crash on the far NW side San Antonio Express-News SAPD: Gunman fired into woman's East Side home, grazing her head San Antonio Express-News … [Read more...] about 27 Wyoming residents have died in severe flu season