Flu claims first death of season in Pierce County

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"It takes time for your body to get strong and ready for flu season, which is why we recommend everybody get the shot as soon as they can".

While Henry admits that no flu vaccine is 100 percent effective, combined with other precautions it is still considered the most effective means of preventing influenza-related deaths. In addition to those who are most at risk of serious illness from the flu, some people are unable to get the vaccine, like infants younger than 6 months, those with vaccine allergies and those with some serious complications.

One of the biggest ways to get the word out is setting up flu shot clinics at local businesses, he said. Eligible spouses and same-sex domestic partners can receive flu shots as well.

Flu vaccination is the main way to prevent sickness and death caused by flu. Walgreen's survey revealed 40 percent of Americans believe this season's flu severity will be the same as previous year and 12 percent say it will be worse.

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For parents, there's a handy guide for treating children who get the flu containing tips and best practices from Hopkins pediatrician Pranita Tamma.

The influenza vaccine has been shown to be one of the most important preventive measures against the flu. People with some medical conditions should not receive the nasal spray flu vaccine.The American Academy of Pediatrics, however, recommends all eligible children receive a traditional flu shot as the first choice and reserve the nasal spray for children who refuse the shot but agree to get the spray."We are not gonna pick sides between two expert groups", Polsky said. Considering the seriousness of the illness, however, you need all the protection you can get.

"You may not think the flu shot is worth it for you, but do you want to risk infecting someone else who could die from the illness?" she said.

The 2017-2018 flu season was one of the most severe in decades, according to the CDC. That can happen. But, its most likely that your symptoms were much milder than those whod not been vaccinated. Its completely possible to pick up something either right before or right after you got your shot.

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"It makes sense that last year a lot of people infected with H3N2 would have built up immunity, but that won't necessarily be helpful if this year the dominant virus switches to H1N1".

“If you get your flu vaccine on Monday and on Wednesday you start sneezing, you did not start to develop the flu from the vaccine. If you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth or nose with your sleeve, not your hands.

If you have a fever, stay home from work/class until you are fever free for at least 24 hours. This year, both the injectable and nasal spray versions of the vaccine are available.

If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, see your primary care physician to help reduce the severity of the flu.

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The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department reports a man in his forties tested positive for influenza when he was admitted to the hospital. The virus changes rapidly, requiring more updates to the seasonal vaccine, and making it that much harder for the body's immune system to generate a good response. Better advice: Get the flu vaccine!