First 2 flu-related deaths of season in Washoe County

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You can also get the flu by touching a surface or object that has the flu virus on it and then touching your mouth, eyes or nose.

Other explanations for Penobscot's numbers include the possibility that there are actually more flu cases in the community or that designated health care providers are being especially avid in reporting their cases.

That is why vaccination to prevent influenza is particularly important for those 65 years and older, as well as other people who are at high risk of severe flu illness and serious complications from influenza.

As Christmas approaches, health officials are warning Oklahomans that the flu is spreading across the state.

"We have probably given an excessive 300 flu shots so far and we still have flu shots", Sheila Hubenka, a TB charge nurse with the health district said.

Smith said she suffered temporary paralysis after getting the shot.

"The influenza vaccine still provides some level of protection". She was rushed between three hospitals and lay in a medically-induced coma for two weeks while her small body struggled to recover.

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Flu shot producers expect to make between 151 million and 166 million doses of vaccine this flu season. And doctors said getting it done before the holidays would be a good idea.

"If you're not excited about getting vaccinated yourself, do it for the people you love", Mills said.

The flu season is declared under-way once we have reached an above-average number of people with influenza symptoms (i.e. more than 2.2 percent of people).

Being vaccinated better protects not only the individual, but also everyone around them. Flannery said highest-risk patients are the elderly, pregnant women and infants, and people who have underlying conditions, such as lung or heart conditions.

About Families Fighting Flu Families Fighting Flu is a national, nonprofit, 501 (c)(3) volunteer-based advocacy organization dedicated to protecting children and their families against influenza.

It is impossible to contract a case of flu from the vaccine. The nasal spray vaccine that has been available in recent years is no longer considered effective and is not available.

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