First flu cases reported in Sedgwick County

Pearl Mccarthy
October 16, 2018

While the Health Department expects its shipment of the flu mist to arrive in the next week or so, the flu shot is in stock and available.

You can find out more about how to protect yourself from the flu and where to get the shot in Muskoka here.

Florida was not alone in reporting a flu death so early in the season.

The child, who died sometime between September 30 and October 6, tested positive for influenza B. He or she did not have any "known underlying medical conditions", the department said, adding the child's death marks the first flu-associated pediatric death of the 2018-19 season.

The department's report did not say where in the state that the death occurred, but did say the unvaccinated child was otherwise healthy before getting sick. Around 80% of the children who died had not received the vaccine. Not true. Flu vaccines contain either killed or weakened virus that are not capable of causing the flu.

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30 percent of the respondents thought flu shot is a conspiracy. "It's important that we deal with the science and the facts", CBS News medical contributor Dr. Tara Narula said.

"After extensive studies, we know that the flu vaccine is safe", said Moorjani. Rock suggested that your overall health is key to fighting off viruses, saying that making sure your immunizations are up to date, eat healthily, get enough rest and covering up your cough in your arm, not your hand are all good steps to help prevent spreading or contracting the flu.

She also said that the flu shot is free for anyone six months or older.

It takes about two weeks for full protection to kick in after getting the flu shot, the health unit said, in a news release.

The Department of Health office did not immediately respond to a request for comment. It's completely possible to pick up something - like a respiratory virus or even the flu - either right before or right after you got your shot, Schaffner says.

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