The child's death is the first confirmed flu-related pediatric loss of life this flu season, according to the agency. The risk of serious illness in the 6 months to 8 years age group was reduced by 59 percent among children who were infected with the H3N2 strain.
The Blountville health department is located at 154 Blountville Bypass. No appointments are needed to receive a flu shot during this event. To view a map of local health department locations and contact information visit www.tn.gov/health/health-program-areas/localdepartments.html.
As the death toll continues to rise each week, the CDC remains unchanged on strongly recommending immunization, most especially after its most recent analysis revealed vaccines to provide substantial protection against strains of influenza A and B viruses.
"CDC continues to recommend influenza vaccination because the vaccine can still prevent some infections with now circulating influenza viruses, which are expected to continue circulating for several weeks", the agency said in its report.More news: Barnaby Joyce's public scolding from Malcolm Turnbull exposes uncomfortable rift
H3N2 is one of the strains contained in this year's flu vaccine along with two or three others, depending on the vaccine. The flu is a contagious, respiratory illness that infects the nose, throat and lungs.
Most illnesses this winter have been caused by a nasty kind of flu called Type A H3N2. The flu is different from a cold.
Some of the severity of this year's flu comes from the strain itself.
He added that older people generally have less effective immune systems and that many Americans over 65 are facing an extra challenge when it comes to H3N2.More news: United Kingdom aid chief warns charities after Oxfam sex scandal
This season started early and has been driven by a formidable type of flu that tends to put more people in the hospital and cause more deaths.
And experts say it's still worth getting a flu shot.
"I'd never had the flu before and I can't believe I got it after getting the shot", she said. People who have the flu should stay home to avoid spreading the contagion and allow themselves to recover, state officials said.
While it's not too late to get a flu shot, she said it looked like outbreaks in the region had likely hit their high point for this flu season. One of the biggest issues - parents need to keep kids home from school when they're sick. Flu sufferers should be free of a fever, without the use of a fever reducer, for at least 24 hours before returning to school or work. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. Keeping your hands clean can help stop the spread of germs.More news: Trump Says Israeli Settlements Complicate Peace Course of
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