Death toll reaches 11 in Monroe County

Faith Castro
February 21, 2018

The state only tracks and reports flu deaths involving children or pregnant women.

The flu shot may do more than just help protect you from the flu, it could apparently also be good for your ticker. This year the influenza A and influenza B activity peaks were relatively close together leading to the surge in activity that we have seen over the last couple of weeks.

If you do become sick, health officials have urged you to stay at home, wash your hands frequently, and cough into your sleeve to prevent the flu from spreading.

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"This death is a somber reminder of the danger flu poses to our residents, especially those who are more vulnerable to develop serious flu complications", said Dr. Umair A. Shah, executive director of Harris County Public Health. The most recent numbers (Feb. 4-10) showed an upward trend in new lab-confirmed cases with more than 1,000 in the week. Doctors tell us there are four strains of flu, and you can get the flu a couple of times in the same season.

Doctors at Public Health Ontario say the vaccine may protect people who are at high risk of having a heart attack.

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