Houston's first flu-related death of a child confirmed

Phillip Cunningham
February 22, 2018

It's been hard for researchers to check how well the revised product works, in part because in the last two years another type of flu - not swine flu - has caused most of each season's illnesses. But panel members noted there's still not good proof that FluMist works well against the swine flu bug.

Those who become sick should stay home to avoid spreading the illness, officials said.

This latest information comes on the heels of a study last month that says people are six times more likely to have a heart attack within a week of catching the flu. The flu vaccine changes from year to year, depending on what flu bugs are going around.

Free flu vaccinations are available at all Tennessee Department of Health public health clinics.

King serves as a co-sponsor of the Flu Vaccine Act, which officials said backs comprehensive research for a universal influenza vaccine administered once or twice and provides a lifetime of protection.

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

Those 65 and older, pregnant women, young children and those with chronic health conditions are at higher risk for serious complications or death if they get the flu.

However, some health experts believe the flu shot could be like taking high blood pressure medicine.

One limitation of the study is that it only included data on people with health insurance, and results might be different for mothers and babies who were uninsured, the authors note. Antivirals, if started early, can sometimes help reduce the severity and duration of disease. Some 80 percent of the victims were infected with the most prevalent B type flu virus, the figures showed.

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