Missoula child becomes first flu death in Montana this season

MSDH reports first flu case of 2018-2019

The Indiana State Department of Health is urging anyone, who hasn't received their flu shot yet, to get one now. Certain people are at greater risk for serious complications from the flu.

This data is not good news since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed a total of 183 influenza-associated pediatric deaths during the 2017-2018 flu season. "And while healthy people may not suffer serious illness from the flu, they can pass the virus to babies too young to be vaccinated, people who have chronic illnesses, and others who may develop serious health problems like pneumonia".

The CDC recently reported that the flu was responsible for as many as 80,000 deaths last winter. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season.

The Tennessee Department of Health says the annual flu epidemic is expected to last many more weeks and encourages everyone to protect themselves with a shot. "Before you get together with grandkids and grandparents for the holidays, make sure you not only protect yourself from the flu, but your loved ones as well".

Getting a flu vaccine can reduce illnesses, doctor visits, hospitalizations, and missed work or school.

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Influenza is a viral infection of the respiratory tract.

"The flu shot takes one to two weeks to produce immunity, and flu season usually peaks in January through March in MS", said MSDH Interim State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs.

Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, muscle and body aches and fatigue.

People can help stop the spread of flu by getting vaccinated, washing hands frequently, covering coughs and sneezes and staying home when they're sick.

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