Knox County Health Department offers free flu vaccinations

07 January, 2018, 01:31 | Author: Mable Gonzales
  • 3 children have died from the flu in Tennessee       /AP

This effort is coming after the state's Department of Health said three children have died of the flu in the state so far this season.

Experts say it is also possible that this year's dominant strain, H3N2, is more resistant to treatment than some others.

The news comes as the United Kingdom is in the grip of the current flu season, with rates of primary care consultations and hospitalisations increasing week by week. Cases don't usually peak until later in January or February.

The CDC said that across the nation, about 5 percent of patients saw their doctors for flu-like symptoms in the week ending December 23, compared with 2.2 percent of patients doing so during the same week in 2016.

He said influenza is especially unsafe for the elderly, who are at greater risk of developing pneumonia or other complications along with the flu - conditions that could be fatal when combined.

The Tennessee Department of Health is offering free flu vaccines at all county health departments in the state while supplies last.

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For more information on flu prevention, visit the Oklahoma State Department of Health's website.

It said in its November meeting minutes: 'The committee agreed that if a change in approach were to be considered, switching vaccination of the 75 years and upwards age group to adjuvanted vaccine would be the first priority, given the un-adjuvanted inactivated vaccine showed no significant effectiveness in this group'.

During this same week past year only twelve states had reported widespread flu activity. He said things will likely get worse before improving.

"The vaccine is the best protection there is against flu", he added.

"Flu can be very serious and the flu jab can protect you and your family and help ease the pressure on our A&E departments, which are very busy at this time of year". Influenza is easily spread from person to person, and an infected person can spread the virus before they develop symptoms.

Frequent hand-washing to avoid spreading germs.

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