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Flu Death In Wichita County

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A 45-year-old man from Wichita County has died from complications related to the flu.

Executive Director Lou Kreidler with the Health Department said there hasn’t been any testing done to find out which strain of the flu he died from.  However, the strain that is affecting people the most is the 2009 H1N1.  The good news is the current flu vaccination covers this strain of the virus.

“It’s not too late.  It takes two weeks to get full immunity, but you do begin to build immunity as soon as you get your vaccination,” Kreidler said, “So it’s important to get yourself and your family vaccinated.”

Kreidler also said to make sure you are washing your hands.  People are constantly touching surfaces and then touching their faces and this is how the virus can spread.

Influenza viruses are spread by large respiratory droplets generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes.  Symptoms will vary and can include fever, dry cough, sore throat, headache, body aches, fatigue, or nasal congestion and rarely nausea vomiting and diarrhea.

Most people will generally recover from the illness in one to two weeks, but serious complications from the flu can happen, such as pneumonia, hospitalization, or death.  An increase in people being hospitalized because of the flu, particularly between the ages of 18 to 49, is also being reported.

The Health District is stressing the importance of getting vaccinated.  Anyone who has not been vaccinated yet is encouraging to do so now.  Getting the flu shot every year is the best way to prevent getting the flu.  Also make sure to wash your hands and any surfaces to prevent the germs from spreading.

Influenza vaccines are still available through the Health District on a walk-in basis.  For more information, call the Health District at (940) 761-6841.