First cases of flu reported in Erie County

Research finds flu shot lowers hospitalization risk for children

Flu vaccine could help your child avoid hospital

They found that of the 414 respondents who reported at least one symptom of the flu - fever, cough, sore throat or some combination of the three - 183 chose to work regardless.

Southern Nevada health officials say a young child has died from the flu. CDC recommends that flu vaccination efforts continue throughout the flu season. The Washoe County Health District reported eight flu-related deaths last flu season. "Young children, older adults, and people with certain health conditions may be more at risk for complications".

It's important to get your flu shot early in the season, as it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against influenza virus infection.

A study released earlier this year by the CDC found that flu vaccination cuts a child's risk of dying from influenza in half for children with underlying health conditions, and by nearly two-thirds for healthy children.

Canadian organization Public Health Ontario and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences have published new research underscoring the ability of the flu vaccine to reduce hospitalization risk in children.

For the most recent reporting period, the percentage of hospital emergency room visits for influenza-like illnesses was at a warning level, even though peak flu season is normally in January and February.

"Influenza can cause serious illness, especially in young children, but there hasn't been a lot of research that has examined the magnitude of the influenza vaccine's effectiveness at preventing kids from getting really sick and being hospitalised", explained Dr. Jeff Kwong, the senior author of the research paper. The study found that fully vaccinated children's risk of flu-related hospitalization decrease 60% and that partially vaccinated children's risk decreasing 39%. The CDC recommends to only use injectable flu shots this season.

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