First Flu Death Of Season Reported

Joy Montgomery
November 1, 2017

Doren said that those five cases so far have been Influenza type A and B. Flu vaccine is recommended for everyone six months of age and up.

Flu season is upon us and Camden County is making it easy for residents to get vaccinated.

"Getting the flu vaccine is the single best way to protect yourself from the flu", she said.

The flu started circulating in Clark County a little earlier than usual past year, with activity picking up at the end of October.

Because flu viruses are constantly changing, the vaccine composition is reviewed each year and is updated as needed based on which influenza viruses are making people sick, the news release states. She says the death is an unfortunate reminder that the flu virus does have the potential to cause severe illness and death, especially in the very young, very old, or in people with underlying health conditions.

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Uninsured individuals can expect to pay $25 for a regular dose flu shot and $55 for a high dose vaccine for those who are ages 65 or older.

Washington had 278 confirmed flu deaths in the past year, and Throne says 6 of those were children. The flu comes on suddenly and symptoms may include fever, headache, tiredness, cough, sore throat, nasal congestion and body aches. Colds, the CDC says, generally don't lead to serious complications or hospital stays, but the flu can if left untreated.

Australia's worst flu season on record has been blamed by doctors on a cheap vaccine.

That's right on track for a normal flu season.

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