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Weekly Flu Report: Two more children die from flu complications

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Police in Seattle wearing masks made by the Red Cross during the influenza epidemic December 1918

Hilton Head Hospital reported one flu-related death of an older adult on January 22, said Lydia Hill, public relations and marketing director at Hilton Head Hospital and Coastal Carolina Hospital. The flu usually peaks in February.

Influenza A (H3) has been the most common strain of influenza identified in Florida and throughout the nation.

A 19-year-old woman in SC died Tuesday just two days after coming down with the flu, her parents said. Every region of the state showed an upswing in positive results for flu, and every county in the state is now pegged as having influenza activity in the highest category. It can be a miserable but relatively mild illness in many people, and a more severe illness in others.

More than 2,200 people across the province have been hospitalized with influenza, and 1,193,496 doses of the vaccine have been given.

To set up your appointment to receive a flu shot, call the Daviess County Health Department at 812-254-8666 or stop by to schedule an appointment.

Pharmacists will be on hand Monday to answer questions regarding the flu vaccine and the prevention and treatment of the influenza virus.

He went on to say all Medicine Shoppe locations in the state are stocked with both Tamiflu and the flu vaccine.

"Yes, it is still recommended to get a flu shot", Johnson said.

However, researchers have found the effectiveness of this season's flu shot to be extremely low, with the vaccine preventing only 10 to 20 per cent of infections caused by the dominant H3N2 strain. Hours are from 7:30 a.m.to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m.to 4 p.m. on Friday. "It is not too late". Getting this simple shot can help increase your chances of staying healthy and avoid getting others sick. "Make sure you are having as little contact you need to have with your household members because you don't want them to become infected".

Wash your hands often with soap and water. "You're going to have a cough with the flu, stuffy nose, sneezing but if they are having a hard time breathing without a doubt that's a reason to seek emergency care", warns Dr. Rickey. Germs spread this way.

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