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First flu death of season in Pierce County

One of the deaths occurred in the Piedmont region and the other occurred in the eastern region of the state, a state official said in a news release.

For those unable to get the vaccine, there are steps that can be taken to avoid contracting the virus, said Allison Aiello, a professor of epidemiology at the Gillings School of Global Public Health who researches non-pharmaceutical interventions for flu. These are genes that represent common or ancestral sequences shared by many different flu viruses. Those who are immune-compromised or can't get vaccines because of medical reasons have better protection when people around them are vaccinated. Each year, flu causes millions of illnesses, hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations, and thousands of deaths in the United States. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends yearly vaccination against the flu for everyone six months and older.

"The vaccines that were purchased for this year's seasonal influenza were the best available vaccines in Australia, the same vaccines that are available in the private market, the same vaccines that are used in other countries", Professor Brendan Murphy said on Monday.

This comes as more than 200,000 cases of the flu have been identified in laboratories across the country this year - double what was reported in 2015.

Influenza remains a global public health threat that cycles around the globe each year, based on seasons and strains.

The flu shot is free and it is available at the Health Unit, at flu shot clinics held throughout the district, from participating health care providers and pharmacies.

"The childhood flu vaccination programme is really beneficial in reducing the spread of the infection to other more vulnerable family members for whom flu can be very serious".

Respondents from hospitals reported the highest frequency of working with flu-like symptoms (49.3 percent), followed by those at long-term care facilities (28.5 percent).

There are some circumstances where you might feel down after the shot, but it's not because you have the flu. The results show these broadly protective vaccine candidates are even more effective in hosts with pre-existing anti-influenza immunity, which bodes well for the use of these vaccines in people.

Flu vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months of age and up. Researchers compared those findings to mice that received traditional flu shots or nasal sprays; that group became sick and died when exposed to the same nine viruses.

Deschutes County Health Services begins tracking the flu in October of every year, and says this year, they have confirmed cases a little earlier than usual.

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