First 2 flu-related deaths of season in Washoe County

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While some people get flu even after receiving a flu shot, the vaccine frequently lessens the severity and duration of illness.

She urged the Ministry of Health and Welfare to put the plan on hold until it has evaluated demand for the vaccines and secured funding to cover the costs of sourcing, delivering and administering them.

Winter is in the air and so is flu season, especially in the South.

"It is recommended you get your flu shot starting in the fall", Walz said.

"Anything that you can do to help prevent your family from getting the flu is very beneficial", said Altmann, who was not involved in the CDC research.

Other explanations for Penobscot's numbers include the possibility that there are actually more flu cases in the community or that designated health care providers are being especially avid in reporting their cases.

"We have some evidence that the vaccination protects the woman from influenza herself, and it can protect the infant in the six months of life from getting influenza before we are able to vaccinate the infant", Flannery said. Some patients believe they can protect themselves by boosting their immune systems, eating well and making sure they sleep better, she said.

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Stapp said the suspect, who also had at least one gunshot wound, surrendered after a brief standoff and was taken to a hospital. Copeland is the first officer to be killed in the line of duty in the history of the San Marcos Police Department, Stapp added.

And the vaccine is no guarantee of protection.

The flu season is declared under-way once we have reached an above-average number of people with influenza symptoms (i.e. more than 2.2 percent of people).

Among children younger than 18, there had only been 16 cases in the first 11 months of the year, 27 last year and five in 2015, CDC Deputy Director-General Philip Lo (羅一鈞) said.

Most Oklahoma cases involve those age 50 or older or those four and younger.

Dr. Allison McGeer, director of infection control at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, said lab testing in Ontario is turning up "quite a lot of B isolates, almost as many Bs as H3N2". Australian health records show an effectiveness of less than 10 per cent for the same vaccine used by Canada.

"The difference is the cold is going to last about two weeks and you may not have the achiness that you have a long with the flu", Hubenka said.

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