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County Health Officials Report First Flu-Related Death in 2019-2020 Season

County Health Officials Report First Flu-Related Death in 2019-2020 Season”

Of those 208 deaths, 133 were people age 65 and older and five were children under the age of 18. The antibodies then start to protect the body against the virus, according to the CDC.

The pharmacies at Payless, CVS and Walgreens along Sagamore Parkway have all been dealing with the shortage. Sarah Kennedy is a pharmacist at IU Health. She said American health authorities are particularly anxious about the potential for outbreaks this year. "It can help prevent illness, but more importantly, it decreases the risk of severe illness, which can result in hospitalizations and death", Dr. Sarah Park, state epidemiologist, said in a press release. "However, everyone can be affected by the flu".

Doses of influenza vaccine began appearing at pharmacies, clinics and health-care providers this week.

Onondaga County has already seen some cases of flu this year. The CDC and the FDA monitor all production of the vaccine, and they try to be proactive in curbing the spread of the disease.

"There's four different types of viruses that are in the vaccine said", Courtney. Soreness, fever, nausea, muscle aches and headaches can be side effects from receiving the flu shot. Typically, flu patterns in the southern hemisphere predict the subsequent composition in vaccines and the severity of flu in the northern hemisphere.

"[We're worried] because of the rough flu season they had in the Southern Hemisphere over their recent winter", she explained. "That's gastrointestinal issues where we're talking about diarrhea, upset stomach and nausea". If you want to get the flu shot on a Friday, you will need to make an appointment. The flu season runs through April.

"Generally flu season ranges from October to May, so it takes about two weeks for the flu shot to become effective once getting it".

Anyone who falls outside the at-risk groups can get the flu jab from high street chemists and most of the leading supermarkets at varying costs. Another 15 per cent said they'd go to their doctor's office and 16 per cent said they will get it at their workplace.



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