TN Department of Health says to Get a Flu Shot

Clay County Health Department Officials are spreading the word: If you haven't gotten your flu shot, now's the time. The high-dose flu vaccine for those over 65 years of age is a trivalent vaccine and contains two influenza A strains and one influenza B strain.

There have been 896 cases of flu this year in DE, with 159 of those coming from Sussex County, the release said.

The highest number of influenza cases in Tennessee is typically seen in January and February each year.

"The best thing we can do for our health and the health of our communities is to prevent illness, " said TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner. Death rates fluctuate annually, but have gone as high as 49,000 in a single year, according to the CDC.

"More children have died this year than at the same time last year", said Brammer. The flu season, which started in October, is expected to last through spring.

Health officials noted it's still not too late to get a flu shot. There are four types of the virus: A, B, C and D. In humans, influenza A and B are the two that routinely cause the seasonal flu each year. To find a county health department near you, visit http://tn.gov/health/topic/localdepartments.

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Her death brings Delaware's total number of flu-related deaths to three so far this season, DPH says.

The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone ages six months and older, including pregnant women.

Vaccines are also available at many pharmacies and grocery stores.

"Most healthy people who get influenza infection do fine with getting plenty of fluid and rest", said Dr. Pritish Tosh, an infectious disease physician and researcher at the Mayo Clinic.

With flu season in full swing in Meigs County and around the region and state, the flu shot remains the primary route of prevention. Safety tips include washing hands regularly, covering coughs and sneezes, eating a balanced diet, getting plenty of rest and staying home when you are ill.

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