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Washoe County reports the first flu death 2018/2019 season

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) – The Washoe County Health District reports the first influenza-related death of the flu season 2018-1919 in Washoe County. The district says that the victim was over 65 years old and at risk for flu-like complications due to underlying medical conditions beyond his or her advanced age and that it did not seem that the person had been vaccinated this year for influenza. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to this and all families suffering from a hospital or death-related illness," said Washoe County District Health Officer Kevin Dick. "Influenza is a serious virus that can be fatal, so people must take all precautions to prevent them from getting sick. The best way to avoid flu is to get an influenza condition. It's quick and easy, and vaccines are available in places throughout the community. "Dick says. The district says that every six months and older people are advised to have an annual state of influenza. Those with a particularly high risk of flu complications are children under five years, adults 65 years and older, pregnant women and people with certain medical condition including chronic lung disease, heart disease and diabetes. It takes between one and two weeks after an influenza has taken place for the vaccine to reach its optimal level of protection. However, the district cites other preventive measures that all should exercise all the time to prevent influenza and other diseases. These steps include: Avoid close contact with people who are ill. When you…

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) – The Washoe County Health District reports the first influenza-related death of the flu season 2018-1919 in Washoe County. The district says that the victim was over 65 years old and at risk for flu-like complications due to underlying medical conditions beyond his or her advanced age and that it did not seem that the person had been vaccinated this year for influenza.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to this and all families suffering from a hospital or death-related illness,” said Washoe County District Health Officer Kevin Dick. “Influenza is a serious virus that can be fatal, so people must take all precautions to prevent them from getting sick. The best way to avoid flu is to get an influenza condition. It’s quick and easy, and vaccines are available in places throughout the community. “Dick says.

The district says that every six months and older people are advised to have an annual state of influenza. Those with a particularly high risk of flu complications are children under five years, adults 65 years and older, pregnant women and people with certain medical condition including chronic lung disease, heart disease and diabetes. It takes between one and two weeks after an influenza has taken place for the vaccine to reach its optimal level of protection. However, the district cites other preventive measures that all should exercise all the time to prevent influenza and other diseases. These steps include:

Avoid close contact with people who are ill.

When you are ill, stay away from others and stay home from work, school and cases.

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Or cough or sneeze in the sleeve. It can prevent them getting sick around you.

Wash your hands often. helps protect you from bacteria. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand spray.

Avoid touching the eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread frequently when a person touches something that is contaminated with bacteria and then touches his or her eyes, nose or mouth.

Practice other good health habits. Clean and disinfect frequently moved areas at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get a lot of sleep, be physically active, handle your stress, drink a lot of fluid and eat nutritious foods.

Influenza killed about 80,000 people during the 201

7-2018 season, according to figures released by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The previous high for a regular flu season, based on analyzes dating back more than three decades, was 56,000 deaths. A summary of last year’s influenza activity can be found here.

Local influenza monitoring and reporting start at the end of September or early October with the highest influenza activity in the Washoe County community, which usually looks in December to February. During the last flu season, 2017-18, the maximum flu-like disease activity reached 6.6% and exceeded the regional baseline for 11 weeks. A total of 542 hospitalizations and 26 deaths were reported due to influenza. Nationwide, 185 children died of flu. The district says that about 80% of these deaths occurred in children who had not received the influenza vaccine.

For information on influenza shots, clinic sites and events, click here.

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