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Free flu vaccine available at health department

The latest outbreak of dog flu occurred in May at two dog shows — in Perry Ga. and Deland Fla. — where infected show dogs then subsequently led to the infection of some 2,000 dogs in 30 states in the U.S

Just as you take steps to protect yourself from the flu every year by getting vaccinated, veterinarians say it's important that for our dogs, we do the same.

Influenza is widespread across much of the continental United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), but local sources say Pipestone County has escaped significant impact.

Since the end of August, 65 people in Kentucky have died from the flu, eight of them in Metro Louisville.

This map from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that much of the US has high levels of influenza-like illness (ILI) activity, based on the most recently released data.

It affects so many people that adult cases and deaths can only be estimated.

"As far as we can see, this is just a seasonal increase", said Amy Yaley, director of marketing and communications for Jefferson Healthcare, in an email to The Leader.

William Mercer reports the child, a student at Ritchie Elementary School in Wheeling, died of Influenza A.

She said through out the district, nurses may have to send home an average of two students per week due to fever or other flu-like symptoms. Young children and elderly adults are especially at risk. "The Long Beach Health Department continues to recommend that all individuals six months of age and older get their flu vaccine".

In many pet shelters pets are returned often for a variety of reasons from illness to social issues according to a survey from the ASPCA. But the Heritage Humane Society hasn’t encountered this problem
Free flu vaccine available at health department

Even if the vaccine doesn't prevent a person from contracting a specific flu strain, it does lessen the severity of the symptoms and can help avoid hospitalization.

Symptoms of the flu include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, headaches and fatigue.

At that time - as of December 29, 2017, there had been nine influenza-associated deaths reported by the Indiana State Department of Health in Indiana.

The flu vaccine is available at doctors' offices and retail pharmacies. "There are a lot of myths that need to be laid to rest".

Of the ten flu-related deaths reported in New Hanover County, five were at long-term care facilities. Under half of all Americans say that they have already received their flu shot (45%) while almost the same amount of people (43%) say they don't plan on getting the shot at all.

DHEC is strongly urging everyone to get a flu shot even though it is only 30% effective. The flu season in El Paso runs from October to May, generally peaking in January or February.

Veterinarians say you can get ahead of the virus by getting your dog vaccinated.