Sunday, 21 January, 2018

Health officials say the flu has become widespread in Utah

Three children die from flu in Tennessee, two in East Tennessee; no Knox County cases Free flu shots available at Metro, 89 county health departments
Jay Anderson | 07 January, 2018, 01:31

Sharp said figures sent out to the county health department list cases by district or region. "Here in Knox County, we are definitely high, based on the number of patients being seen".

Doctors say a typical flu season in Oklahoma usually runs from October to May. The total number of deaths since September 1, 2017 is at 10. Eight deaths have from the illness have been reported in Kentucky.

Three children have died from the flu across Tennessee so far, according to the Tennessee Department of Health - two in East Tennessee and one in Middle Tennessee.

465 people were hospitalized in oklahoma with the flu within the past four months.

Under this authorization, United Kingdom residents 75 years and older will have priority access to the new flu vaccine.

It said in its November meeting minutes: 'The committee agreed that if a change in approach were to be considered, switching vaccination of the 75 years and upwards age group to adjuvanted vaccine would be the first priority, given the un-adjuvanted inactivated vaccine showed no significant effectiveness in this group'.

The Centers for Disease Control reports 46 states have widespread flu activity, compared to just 12 states at this time previous year.




Reed says people should still get a vaccine as it helps not just the individual avoid the flu, but it also helps reduce the spread of the disease in an area. "It's not too late for a flu shot".

Flu can range from a very mild to serious, sometimes fatal illness.

If you get sick, look out for severe aches and pains in your muscles and joints, notable fatigue and weakness, headaches and a high fever. Less often, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea can occur, especially in children.

The flu shot cost varies depending on your insurance and which state you live.

Sharp said flu vaccines are offered through healthcare providers, county health departments, outpatient clinics and many pharmacies.

The Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisations recommended the switch to an adjuvanted vaccine in over-65s past year, but recommended any change should start with those over 75.

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