First 2019-2020 Flu Death in LA County Confirmed

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For those unable to be vaccinated through the Stop Flu at School program, flu vaccine is available through healthcare provider offices and clinics as well as pharmacies, for those older than age 11 years.

Los Angeles County health officials Monday confirmed the county's first flu-related death of the 2019-20 flu season. If you want to get the flu shot on a Friday, you will need to make an appointment.

Washing your hands often, covering your cough and sneeze, refraining from touching public surfaces and avoiding those who are sick can all be useful methods to prevent the flu.

Those most at risk include seniors, young children and people with chronic health conditions.

Some students said they'd feel more at ease about the spread of influenza if people got the flu vaccination to prepare.

According to the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS), the official flu reporting season begins in October and continues through May.

These infections are collectively called flu-like illness.

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The county and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that everyone older than six months be immunized against the flu.

Despite the seriousness of influenza, only about half of pregnant women in the US get the flu vaccine, according to the CDC.

"Some people can become infected with a flu virus the flu vaccine is created to protect against, despite getting vaccinated", Robinson said.

The DOH is encouraging the public to consider getting the flu shot.

Side effects of this season's cold virus incorporate fever, hack, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body hurts, cerebral pains and exhaustion, as per health authorities.

An emerging trend is individuals getting their flu shots from pharmacists; the majority of pharmacies now offer vaccinations.

A study published in the Journal of Pediatrics in 2017 showed that flu vaccination significantly reduced a child's risk of dying from the flu. Residents may also call the LA County Information Line at 2-1-1.

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