ND Health Department reporting widespread flu activity

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Brown said Thursday that Sandusky County has reported four flu-related hospitalizations in December, and nine since the beginning of September.

While most people are ill for only a few days some may require hospital treatment, and among those at highest risk, the virus can be lethal. "His death is a reminder of how serious the flu can be, especially among vulnerable populations", said DPH director Karyl Rattay, MD, MS. "I certainly wouldn't put others at risk", that individual said. "We have had sixty-eight cases of strep and thirty cases of the flu so far".

"We in public health like to say stay home, keep it to yourself, don't share with others".

The Peterson Health staff has the following pieces of advice, saying the flu can knock you off your feet; but knowing how to pamper oneself can help you feel better faster.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends yearly flu vaccinations for everyone over the age of six months, although there are rare exceptions.

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Another nurse expressed worry that if someone who did not get the shot came down with the flu and called in sick, there could be punitive measures taken.

The flu season in El Paso runs from October to May, generally peaking in January and February.

Speaking on RTÉ's News At One, he said the vaccine has a very safe record. CDC officials claim that is caused by the immune system making antibodies to the killed viruses in the vaccine that help a person fight off the flu. "And definitely don't send your kids to school if they have any symptoms at all", Grant said.

Brown said flu vaccinations at the health department are trending down, but with so many pharmacies and urgent care centers in the area offering shots, she believes the total number of people getting vaccinated is about normal. According to local news reports, the victim was a Murrieta child under the age of 10 who died the previous day due to flu complications.

Other suggestions for staying healthy include frequent hand-washing, using hand sanitizers, staying away from sick people, avoiding touching the eyes, nose or mouth, and cleaning commonly touched surfaces.