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Two More Flu-related Deaths Reported in San Diego County

Two More Flu-related Deaths Reported in San Diego County

The severity of last year's flu season, which killed an estimated 80,000 people, may be one of the reasons behind the slow start to the 2018-2019 season.

People at high risk of serious flu complications, including young children; pregnant women; people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease; people 65 years and older; and people who are immunocompromised should seek health care advice early on if they experience flu-like symptoms.

Although there are fewer cases of influenza than this time past year, experts say rates of influenza are generally above-average levels across the country.

Some people have said they got the flu because they got the vaccination.

"Flu is now beginning to circulate, and as schools reopen and people return to work we are likely to see increased levels".

A four-year-old died from complications stemming from influenza - the first pediatric flu-related death in Riverside County this season, health officials said Wednesday.

Previous year 200 children died from the flu in the USA 80% of them had not been vaccinated!

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The symptoms are similar to seasonal flu symptoms.

The predominant strain this year is influenza A H1N1, which Bankole said tends to have less severe symptoms than the predominant strain circulating last season, influenza A H3N2. According to the virologists, this year, H1N1 influenza strain is prevalent, threatening kids and young adults. For more information on how you can get the flu vaccine at no cost, visit Flu Vaccine on the TRICARE website.

"Vaccination - although not flawless - still prevents many infections completely, and even if you get influenza having received the vaccine, your illness is much more likely to be milder, and you're less likely to get the complications of pneumonia and having to be hospitalized".

There are tests that can confirm whether a patient has the flu or not but for the most part doctors will diagnose patients based on their symptoms.

Three of those deaths have been unvaccinated children under the age of five.

Kaiser noted it's not too late to get vaccinated against influenza. Flu season runs from October through May. Flu shots are $20 for everyone age 2 and older.

The flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses but they are caused by different viruses. To shorten wait times, you can also schedule a flu shot at a time convenient for you by calling 419-774-4700.


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