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Flu cases on the rise in Wisconsin; seniors especially affected

Flu cases on the rise in Wisconsin; seniors especially affected

New York State Health Officials says influenza is prevalent in the state.

Tom Haupt, a respiratory epidemiologist with the state, says people should take care to avoid exposure to those who are already sick and consider getting a flu shot.

During this time past year, just one person was hospitalized. With this declaration, health care workers who are not vaccinated against influenza must now wear surgical or procedure masks in areas where patients are typically present. People without medical insurance can go to a county public health center to get vaccinated.

The death is the first flu-related death of this flu season.

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Chile frequently experiences quakes as it runs along the boundary between the Nazca and South American tectonic plates. Onemi chief Ricardo Toro called on Los Lagos residents to go to safe zones and abandon beaches.

"While getting the flu shot may not keep you from getting the flu, it will limit the severity and duration of the illness, and provide you with some protection against future infections in subsequent seasons", Harrod said in a university news release.

91% of the hospitalizations are women, though officials say there is no evidence suggesting that women are more susceptible.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the flu causes more than 200,000 hospitalization every year. Individuals and families without health insurance should check with their county health department to find out if local clinics will be held to provide free or low-priced vaccinations.

The New York Department of Health recommends everyone six months and older to get a flu vaccination. Those 18 and older may also be able to get their flu vaccine at a local pharmacy.


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