Health Department offers free flu shots

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At the same time a year ago, six people had died.

There have been 5,641 cases of influenza so far this season, including 20 deaths and 210 flu-related hospitalizations.

17 people died from the flu in North Carolina last week, a number that was half as many as the previous week but still high enough to mark the fifth-straight week of double-digit deaths.

Dr. Lindquist says there was the introduction of a second strain of the flu virus that caused some challenges.

Automatic hand sanitizers, face masks and on-site flu testing are all part of Lenbrook's protocol during flu season. Anyone interested in receiving a flu shot at no cost should contact their local county health department for clinic times.

"We need to continue to protect ourselves, especially the elderly and those with weaker immune system", Public Health Director Robert Resendes said in a news release.

The flu epidemic is filling hospitals with sniffling, aching people. "We're not seeing as many deaths or hospitalizations when people do get vaccinated".

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In an interview with CBS Chicago, CVS said there is not a "widespread shortage", rather an "increased demand".

The flu has claimed the lives of two more people in Clark County, according to the Southern Nevada Health District.

People who have other conditions, such as heart disease or diabetes, are also susceptible to complications that result when the body is fighting against influenza. In the most recent CDC report for the last week of January, 10 percent of all deaths in the United States were in relation to the flu.

"I'm disappointed [in the flu shot]". Insurance companies will be billed, and vaccines will be free to those who are uninsured.

"When teachers started having to stay home also, it was apparent there was a problem", Levengood said.

If you think you have the flu, go see your medical provider as soon as possible.