According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat and lungs. The flu season may have peaked but it is not over yet.
Can you get the flu from the flu shot?
An eight-year-old young lady is the most recent casualty of Victoria's "repulsiveness" flu season, with individuals asked to get inoculated and not disregard side effects.
Previous year in Lincoln County, 21 residents were hospitalized due to the flu.
Though September may seem early to receive a vaccination, it takes about two weeks until it becomes entirely effective, so it is smart to get the vaccine early in the season.
Shots are available from 7:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (except noon-2 p.m. Wednesday) at the EOHW office in the Orange Zone of the Duke Clinic. According to the Mayo Clinic, signs and symptoms of the flu include fever; aching muscles, especially in the back, arms and legs; chills and sweats; headache; dry cough; fatigue and weakness; and nasal congestion.
It may be hard to think about the flu when it feels like summertime outside but don't be fooled, Norton Healthcare says the time to act is now. No appointment is necessary.
The state's hospitals are under severe stress as they deal with a rise in the number of flu cases.
The Department of Health and Human Services confirmed the girl's death this morning, but had not been aware of further serious cases of the flu at schools.
Contact your private physician or your local county health department for a flu clinic schedule.
From 6 p.m.to 8 p.m. on THURSDAY, SEPT. 21 at THE RITZ THEATER LOBBY IN NEWBURGH (111 BROADWAY), Walgreens will be administering no-cost flu shots for all those who qualify for a flu shot voucher.
It's offering free flu shots for veterans enrolled in the VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System now until March 31st.
The Health Department accepts Medicare Part B, Medicaid, Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, ConnectiCare, and United.
Saturday, October 28 - Presque Isle, 9:00 a.m.to 11:00 a.m. FAMILY FLU SHOT CLINIC (Walk-in Clinic) at TAMC's North Street Healthcare facility.
Visit http://www.opendoorhs.org for more information.