Parish Health Units offering flu shots next week

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The Oklahoma Health Department's Tony Sellars says that brings to six the total number of deaths in the state this flu season.

The Putnam County Health Department is having a drive-thru flu shot clinic through 4 their office at 701 County Services Dr.

More people have come down with the flu locally this year than normal, according to the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit.

Visitors with flu symptoms and visitors younger than 12 years of age are prohibited from visiting these high-risk areas: all intensive care units, oncology inpatient floors and pediatric units.

An estimated 500 million people - a third of the world's population at the time - became infected with the virus, and at least 50 million died worldwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Tactic No. 3: 'If you get vaccinated, I will too ... With cases already reported in the state, health officials are urging Vermonters to get their annual flu vaccine. Jennifer Femino, FNP-BC, Family Nurse Practitioner/Director of Quality Improvement at North Shore Community Health and member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), explains why and how you can help your community prepare for flu season. In addition, the Louisiana Department of Health is making flu shots available at parish health units to allow people an easy way to get flu shots at no cost to the patient. The outbreak reached Wyoming, and one of the notable locals to die in the pandemic was Irma Garlow, the 34-year-old daughter of Buffalo Bill Cody.

When considering seeing a doctor about flu symptoms, Borgen also said it can be beneficial to call ahead of time.

"Pneumonia is certainly one that can be very serious for adults", Borgen said.

Early rates of flu-like illnesses this season appear similar to those rates from past year.

"Influenza is not just a bad cold", said Pruitt.

About half the people in the 18- to-44 age group also haven't gotten a flu shot, noted Webby, who believes that "it's probably an uphill battle" trying to increase these vaccination rates.

Use tissues to cover coughs and sneezes, then dispose of them and wash your hands immediately.

Seventy percent of Garden State seniors with a household income of $75,000 or more have received a flu shot versus 62 percent of those in households earning $35,000-$74,999, and 61 percent of those earning less than $35,000.