Three children die from flu in Tennessee, two in East Tennessee; no Knox County cases

"In the last week, we have noticed a significant increase in influenza outbreaks across our region", said medical health officer Dr. Martin Lavoie.

Doctors say a typical flu season in Oklahoma usually runs from October to May.

Since Sept. 1, 2017, the OSDH reports 425 hospitalizations. The Jan. 4 figures were not available at press time. There have been no reported deaths in Sequoyah County. People with flu-like symptoms should not enter the hospital if they are not in need of emergency care. Getting vaccinated is the best protection against the flu.

People in certain categories are "strongly" encouraged to get the flu vaccine due to their high risk for flu-related complications or exposure to others.


"Its (FLUAD) approval in the United Kingdom offers a new effective option for healthcare professionals when making decisions about which influenza vaccines might be the most appropriate for their specific patient groups, particularly for those adults aged 65 years and older".

The 2017-18 flu season has seen 2,104 people be put in the hospital compared to just 369 people at the same time a year ago.

Reed says people should still get a vaccine as it helps not just the individual avoid the flu, but it also helps reduce the spread of the disease in an area.

No one in Johnston County could talk with us about the flu on camera, so we stopped into the Bryan County Health Department.


Flu can range from a very mild to serious, sometimes fatal illness.

The symptoms of an influenza infection are fever, headache, fatigue, muscle aches, and cough. Less often, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea can occur, especially in children. More than 2,100 people have been hospitalized for flu statewide, according to state health officials.

The only sure way to know if you have the flu is to visit your healthcare provider for a lab test for flu.

The Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisations recommended the switch to an adjuvanted vaccine in over-65s previous year, but recommended any change should start with those over 75.


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