First flu death of season in Pierce County

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North American's flu season typically mirrors the outbreak coming to an end in the southern hemisphere.

"The flu can, and does, make people really sick", Dr. Kathy Lofy, health officer for Washington State Department of Health, stated in a news release.

"You could argue that a virus that kills tens of thousands of people a year and causes hundreds of thousands to be hospitalized, 40% [efficacy] is better than 0%", Offit added.

"There is still a possibility that people will get the shot and will still come down with the flu, but those cases are much more mild". Touching objects that have been in contact with the virus can also spread influenza.

· Wash your hands often with soap or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Visit for more details on how to help you and your family to stay well this winter.

She said she was getting the shot so she wouldn't get the flu, or, if she did, it wouldn't be so bad. Previous year in NY state, almost 4,000 children (birth to age 17) and more than 7,000 people age 65 and up were hospitalized with laboratory confirmed flu. It's also the neighborly thing to do.

Young children are particularly vulnerable to flu and are most likely to spread flu to others. NBC News published an article earlier this year titled "College Students Get "F" for Flu Vaccinations" in which they explain how 95 percent of those who got the flu were not vaccinated in the first place.

The flu has already taken the lives of three Albertans; two of them Calgarian. People who get their annual flu shot can reduce flu illnesses, and missing work and school due to flu.

Health Minister Greg Hunt told The Courier-Mail agreements had in-principle been reached with two companies to provide a stronger vaccine to target the elderly.

What are the side effects of a flu shot? "Those at the Clinton County Health Department can agree it's to get your flu shot". Among the workers who felt they could still perform their job duties, 39 percent sought medical attention for their symptoms, as did 54 percent of those who didn't think they were contagious.

Because the study was conducted in mice, it's too soon to say whether the vaccine would successfully work in humans.

· People with diabetes, asthma, or other chronic conditions.

Flu symptoms can keep students out of classes, Gray said.

The percentage of people getting flu shots has remained relatively stable at just over a fifth of the population, she added.

· Fever greater than 100.4 degrees that's lasted more than four days (fevers may be intermittent).

Even if you aren't at a high risk of developing complications from influenza, your own vaccination could still be lifesaving for someone else.