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Lake County General Health District hosting two more flu clinics

File 20180111 46709 Lake County General Health District hosting two more flu clinics
Patty Aguilar | 12 January, 2018, 07:24

People are also being reminded to still get the flu shot if they haven't done so already.

Meanwhile, Alberta has seen almost 5,800 confirmed cases with 31 flu-related deaths.

In the 2016-2017 flu season there were 56 deaths attributed to influenza in Montana.

Suzanne Johnson, director of Athens-Limestone Hospital's emergency room, previously told The News Courier that anyone with those symptoms should see a doctor as soon as possible.

"If you're at high risk or have symptoms such as difficulty breathing, chest pain, dizziness, confusion, persistent vomiting, can not drink fluids, or have flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever or worse cough, seek emergency medical care immediately", Dr. Christ said.

She said the only oddity about this year's activity is that both A and B strains are present at this time.

Dr. David Lakey, chairman of the Texas Medical Association Council on Science and Public Health, said the flu can put even the healthiest person in bed for a few days.

The state tracks only pediatric deaths due to the flu, and only one has been reported so far.

"At this moment, they are coming in just as quick as they were in December when flu season hit full swing", said Eric Schneider, epidemiologist with the Hays County health department, which had seen only 30 cases of the flu at this time a year ago.

In Travis County, more than 1,200 tests conducted by laboratories and hospitals have come back positive for the flu, Huang said. Doctors say RSV is common in babies and young children, but rare in adults. In addition to this challenge, MDHHS encouraged everyone 6 months of age and older to get the flu vaccine before the holiday season.

It is not too late to get vaccinated this flu season.

"It takes an entire community working together to prevent flu outbreaks", Schneider said.

The main symptoms include a fever, coughing, body aches, pains, chills, vomiting and diarrhea.

Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

Other tips: Wash your hands frequently, cover your mouth with the upper sleeve when coughing and stay home when you're sick as good preventative measures.

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