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Two more people die from flu in Douglas County

Two more people die from flu in Douglas County”

The Flu vaccine can keep you from getting flu, make flu less severe if you do get it, and keep you from spreading flu to your family and other people, especially newborns and young infants, children, seniors, and persons at risk of complications from the flu.

Many of us who study influenza are advising the public to prepare for the full brunt of the 2019 flu season.

"There are three main things we like to tell patients to try to prevent the flu".

He says, generally speaking, the flu season lasts into March, but there are cases right through April.

Getting an influenza (flu) vaccine shot may reduce the severity of the infection, even when the vaccine doesn't prevent the influenza virus itself, a recent study evidenced.

"Usually we don't know how effective the vaccine was until after the season is over, but the last I heard, the Department of Health said they felt it was a pretty good match this year", she said. As birds tend to be the most common or natural host for this type of virus.

"The flu vaccine does not give you the flu", said Sullivan. The average age of those hospitalized was 9 months.

Those who have yet to get the shot are encouraged to do so as soon as possible because it takes about two weeks for the vaccine to provide optimal protection against the flu, the report said. Vaccinations are also important for health care workers or anyone who cares for those at high risk. Avoid touching your nose or mouth. Clean and disinfect objects that may be contaminated with germs. Do not forget to cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing and wash your hands frequently or use an alcohol-based rub.

It added that anyone with flu-like symptoms should stay at home until at least 24 hours after the end of fever.

If you're sick, always cough or sneeze into a tissue.

Most of the people with serious complications were to the north of Miaoli County, perhaps because of the colder temperatures in northern Taiwan, but the more virulent strains could easily spread across the nation as people travel during the Lunar New Year holiday, CDC Deputy Director-General Philip Lo (羅一鈞) said.

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