Indiana Records First Flu-Related Death Of Season

Your mom was right Wash your hands and cover your mouth when sneezing helps stop the spread of disease

Your mom was right Wash your hands and cover your mouth when sneezing helps stop the spread of disease

(Indianapolis, Ind.) - The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) is reporting the state's first influenza-related death of the 2018-2019 flu season.

The News & Observer in Raleigh reported Thursday that the illness claimed the life of an adult in the central part of the state. Last winter, 46 people with lab-confirmed cases of influenza died and a further 35 people were admitted into intensive care. Both will protect people from the two current strains of flu virus, but Livar said it's "important to know that the flu will still cause the same signs and symptoms whether you get A or B".

A vaccine for the flu typically contains a weakened form of the virus, which reduces the potency or virulence of the pathogen, all while still keeping the virus "alive" (viable). But they increase when temperatures drop and the virus becomes more active.

For decades, researchers have been trying to find a universal vaccine for the flu - which is responsible for tens of thousands of deaths in the United States alone.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone age 6 months and older get a flu vaccine each year.

Kris Box said it is unusual to see flu-related deaths this early in the season.

He said influenza virus was seasonal and its outbreak in Pakistan is mostly by the H1N1 virus.

"No, doc. When I was younger I would get it and always get sick, so now - at my age - I think I will pass on it this year and take my chances".

Haven't received your flu shot yet? Getting vaccinated later in the flu season - through January or even after - can still be beneficial. The treated mice were entirely protected from lethal doses of the flu.Kevin Hollevoet, a bioengineer at Leuven University in Belgium who was not involved in the new study, noted that this strategy has been used to produce antibodies against other infections, such as H.I.V."I'm not surprised that it also works for flu", said Dr. Hollevoet.

"The high-dose vaccine is being made available for a second consecutive year at no charge to seniors at long-term care facilities, who often are at a higher risk of suffering from complications due to the flu", said Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Cameron Friesen.

Drivers like Ruthier Thomas took advantage of the opportunity to get her flu shot here.

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