Flu deaths go up in Fayette County

Flu deaths go up in Fayette County

A 10-year-old girl with underlying health conditions died this month, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Eleven people in Monroe County have died this season as a result of the flu.

While flu spreads every year, the timing, severity, and length of the season varies from one year to another. CDC cautions that it was impossible to determine if influenza activity had peaked without additional data.

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This year's vaccine effectiveness is estimated to be around 36 percent overall.

But, he says the best way to defend yourself against the virus is to get vaccinated.

The flu vaccine may help counter those factors.

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King serves as a co-sponsor of the Flu Vaccine Act, which officials said backs comprehensive research for a universal influenza vaccine administered once or twice and provides a lifetime of protection.

The number of flu-related deaths statewide is at 132.

People in high risk groups listed above and those who live with or care for high risk individuals are especially encouraged to get vaccinated against the flu. Cover your cough and sneeze, avoid people experiencing flu symptoms, stay home when you feel sick and wash your hands often.

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