Oklahoma Health Officials Say 2 People Died Due To Influenza

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"There should be a flu vaccine out there that is suitable for everybody in that age range".

After citing preliminary data from Australia, they said the flu vaccine used this year is only 10 percent effective.

The Oklahoma State Health Department reported the first two deaths from the flu this week in the season. In a press release published by the NIAID, it was explained that numerous factors can influence the effectiveness of the influenza vaccine; in this case, the perspective's authors believe manufacturing could have led to the increased risks Australians faced during their 2017 winter. Despite the fact that the current flu shot may not be as effective this upcoming flu season, Dr. Fauci urges folks not to skip their yearly vaccinations.

"The earlier you get your flu shot, the better you're going to be protected against the flu". It may prevent those around you from getting sick.

The flu typically causes a fever, cough, sore throat, congestion or a runny nose, headache, body aches, chills and fatigue. The vaccine greatly reduces the chances of contracting the virus and, if contracted, may make the symptoms milder.

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The flu season has just started in North America. Last season, the SCDHEC saw peaks of the flu in late February and March. Not true. Although most people will feel generally terrible, older people, young kids, pregnant women and people with underlying health issues are at a greater risk for complications from the flu.

FACT: Getting the flu vaccine, even later in the season, can still be beneficial. Because flu viruses are always changing-it's important to get the flu vaccine as soon as possible.

Doctors worry the flu will be more severe this year, and the vaccine will be not as effective.

So far, 105 people have been hospitalized for the flu in Oklahoma.

The influenza virus has already killed two people in Washington state, including a 60 year old Spokane County man.