Flu activity becomes widespread in Willmar area

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Government moved away from offering flu shots free of charge at the doctor's office through MCP, and instead offered community clinics this year to administer the vaccine. The Department of Health says that's the best way to prevent it.

Leonardi said H3N2 has been identified in people of all ages who have been admitted to NUMC because of the flu. Visitation restrictions remain in effect at the hospital in an effort to protect patients from influenza.

Flu-related deaths in Kentucky are defined by fatalities that have a positive flu test, Lincoln Trail District Health Department Senior Epidemiologist David L. Day said.

"Of the thirty-six flu-related deaths reported so far this season, two of those were children", said the Acting Department for Public Health Commissioner Dr. Jeffrey D. Howard. "The average age of death of the other thirty-four people who died as a result of flu is 75 years of age", continued Dr. Howard.


"If you're a healthy, working adult with no chronic health problems, most of the time you can take something for the symptoms and do just fine", said Beach. "Even if it doesn't provide full protection, the vaccine may provide some partial protection". "We're seeing a high amount of them as well".

"It is a myth that the flu vaccine makes you sick", says Brown. "Flu vaccination is the most effective protection against flu".

For children, mental status is another key indicator of a potentially serious problem. In media interviews, such as a recent one with the consumer review website Consumer Affairs, he has offered practical advice that everyone can manage.

The DPH said there's be a steep increase in the number of hospitalizations.


Dr. Joseph Ladapo, an associate professor of medicine in the division of general internal medicine and health services research at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, has been spreading the word about flu prevention.

· Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

· Wash your hands often with soap and water.

"F$3 or some patients, the flu vaccine actually can decrease their risk of death", Ladapo told the site. Flu can also aggravate underlying health conditions like heart disease or asthma. While their research and work is generally very effective, sometimes an unexpected mutation in the virus can cause a vaccine to be less effective.


Still not convinced? Check out the CDC's weekly flu activity map. The CDC reports that across the country, hospitals are seeing roughly twice the typical baseline of patients with influenza-like symptoms coming through the doors. The cost of a flu shot is $25, but adjustments can be made for those without insurance to get a flu shot.

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