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Cerro Gordo County reporting multiple cases of the flu

Cerro Gordo County reporting multiple cases of the flu

"Last year, our county saw a very high-level of influenza activity", says Jeni Stiles, RN, Infectious Disease Nurse with the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health. Children can also have mild stomach upset due to influenza.

Iowa has seen its first flu-related death of the 2018-2019 flu season.

Crystal White Shield knows the toll flu can take.

Allison, a kindergartner in Missoula, Montana, loved to dance and to hang out with her big brother, Matt, and her little sister, Daisy. Influenza typically peaks between December and February, and there's no accurate way to call the top, she said. "We were blessed with her life, and we miss her dearly".

"This illness hit her really hard and really fast", she said.

Dr. William Schaffner, who studies the flu, says that's not unusual; when flu kills a child, it often happens quickly. Overall, approximately 882 cases have been confirmed in Louisville Metro this flu season, which is up from just 179 cases confirmed at the same time in the previous flu season.

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He urged the public, especially children and the elderly, to get vaccinated as soon as possible as it usually took around two weeks for the body to develop antibodies after vaccination.

The Health Service Executive has warned that the virulent H1N1 flu strain - also known as swine flu - is in Ireland and could become a potentially serious public health issue.

"The flu seasons last anywhere from six to 12 weeks, up to 18 weeks". The vaccine is recommended for everyone except infants under the age of 6 months.

"There's a lot of sort of random chance - depends who gets the flu, what else they're sick with - but I'm certainly really glad to see that the number of deaths does appear to be a lot lower than they were a year ago at this point".

Of the 185 children who died from the flu past year, 80% had not received a flu shot, according to the CDC. "When you have a lot more people get sick, you have more people who are hospitalized and more people who die".

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