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Connecticut has had its first flu death of the season

Connecticut has had its first flu death of the season”

That is why you need a new vaccine every year.

Health officials in CT say the first person has died from the flu this season. The flu killed an estimated 80,000 Americans last season, making it the worst in decades. With the influenza season upon us, the Ministry of Health is encouraging at risk groups to get vaccinated.

The patient was over 65 years old.

For a list of pharmacies that provide the free flu shot, check the Pharmacy Association of Saskatchewan website or ask a local pharmacy if they offer it. "The flu vaccine takes about two weeks to work and for your body to fully develop a reaction to the vaccine and to be protected against it", said Dr.

Ingham County Health Department Health Officer Linda Vail reminds parents of babies that those under six months old can't be vaccinated for the flu.

CT has had its first flu death of the season.

"We've launched the flu myth-buster again this year as we know many people think that the vaccine makes them more ill".

Influenza A was the most common type of flu this year, accounting for 76% of notifications, followed by influenza B (23%) and less than 1% influenza C, influenza A and B co-infections or untyped.

Dr. Susan fedewa at 98point6 Emergicenter in Lansing says the only practical way to fight the disease is to get a flu shot. Getting vaccinated is especially important for those are at greater risk of having more severe complications from influenza: people with a compromised immune system, heart or lung disease and women who are pregnant. Stay hydrated and cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze.

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