Iredell Health Department: It's not too late for your flu shot

Henrietta Brewer
December 18, 2017

There were two flu-related deaths in Kern County during the 2016-2017 flu season, which was one more than the 2015-2016 season.

"Please get a flu shot", he said.

By comparison, 29 people were hospitalized during the second week of December a year ago.

During the week ending December 9 (most recent data available), there were 144 new flu-associated hospitalizations in OH, compared to 92 the week prior, and 29 during the same week past year.

Data shows there are more cases of influenza being reported each week across the state of Wyoming.

Since the flu season began in October, 401 people suffering from the flu have been hospitalized, which is trending well above the five-year average, according to a news release from the Department of Health.

The flu vaccine's effectiveness can vary, KDHE said, but it is the best way to prevent flu illness and complications.

The Iredell County Health Department now has flu vaccines available by appointment at both Statesville (318 Turnersburg Highway) and Mooresville (610 E. Center Ave.) locations.

One reason: More than 90 percent of the influenza specimens tested nationwide are Influenza A (H3N2), and the rates of hospitalization and deaths are typically higher in seasons when H3N2 is the dominant strain.

For millions of people every season, the flu means cough, fever, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches, fatigue and days spent in bed. Chronic medical conditions such as asthma, cancer, diabetes, kidney or liver disease and obesity can also increase your risk of complications from the flu. Even if you do get the flu after being vaccinated, the vaccine can make your illness less severe, reduce the time it takes to recover, and lessen the risk of spreading the virus to family members, co-workers and others in the community. Although it's too early to tell just how effective this year's vaccine will be, Public Health said making sure you're vaccinated is the best thing you can do.

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