What are you waiting for? Still time for flu shots
Thursday, February 06, 2014 10:00 AM
The peak of the influenza season is on its way, but this year's strand has already proven to be deadly.
In a weekly release, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced that nine children in the United States died from the flu in the last week of January.
Karen Buchanan, director of nursing for the Jefferson County Health Department, said no flu deaths have been reported to the local health department this flu season.
Buchanan said anyone that has not received a flu shot, should still get one.
"The flu season doesn't even peak until February. So, we're far from being at the worst part of this," she said.
King's Daughters' Hospital published an article on its website, notifying people of the risk the flu still represents.
"The proportion of all deaths attributed to the flu (and pneumonia, a common complication of flu) during the week of Jan. 19 through Jan. 25, 2014, was high enough to be considered epidemic," according to the article.
It went on to say that, so far this winter, 37 children have died from the flu nationwide.
Buchanan said this year, the flu seems to be affecting more young people, but that flu stands vary each year.
"Usually that's the age group that doesn't get vaccinated," she said. "They don't feel like they need to, because they're young and healthy."
Buchanan said the county is out of flu vaccines, but that local pharmacies and physicians still had vaccines to administer.
"We're not done (with flu season) yet," she said.