Gasconade County hit hard by flu; almost 300 cases, 5 deaths reported

Gasconade County hit hard by flu; almost 300 cases, 5 deaths reported

And with 2,300 flu-related deaths in Texas so far, it's not worth ignoring.

The efficacy of this year's flu shot has yet to be calculated for the H3N2 strain, but experts say it is about 30 percent.

Flu numbers are still creeping up across the state, but it's still too early to tell if we're reaching a peak.

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While flu is most risky for adults over the age of 65 and children under the age of 5, it can turn deadly for anyone.

"There are antiviral medications that can be used to shorten the duration of illness as well as to help prevent complications from the flu", Bocchini said.

Health department officials said this is part of testing their ability to respond to a crisis. There have been 65 deaths for the season, including two pediatric cases.

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Common symptoms of influenza include fever, cough, sore throat and body aches. Not only are people concerned for their health, they are also becoming scared when they hear there might be a flu vaccine shortage. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. Residents can limit the spread of the virus by staying home when sick, getting the flu shot, thorough hand-washing and proper coughing and sneezing etiquette.

We've been telling you about the massive flu outbreak this year, but not everyone with flu symptoms, may actually have the flu.

Every state except Hawaii continues to see widespread flu activity, the CDC said. If you have more than one bathroom, have the sick person use one and well people use the other.

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Talk to your doctor early if you are anxious about your child's illness. "It is also important to get plenty of rest and eat a healthy diet in an attempt to keep your immune system as robust as possible". In addition to following CDC preventative measures, Polhamus is advising parents to monitor children to determine if they have flu-like symptoms before arriving to school. Additionally, he says if your child is having a tough time eating, is not playful and is being unusually lethargic, or if they're having a hard time breathing it may be time to seek help.

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