Los Angeles California / 10.11.2021 23:43:14
The Department of Public Health of the Los Angeles County reported this Wednesday night the first flu-associated death in the 2021-22 season.
Through a release, health authorities said that it was a middle-aged person with multiple underlying medical conditions. The individual tested negative for COVID-19 multiple times during the course of his illness. Person had not yet been vaccinated against seasonal influenza this season.
Although most people recover from influenza without complications, this death is a reminder that influenza can turn into a serious illness.
The pneumonia is the most common complication, it can also aggravate underlying health conditions such as heart disease or asthma. Annually, thousands of people across the United States are hospitalized or die from illnesses associated with it. influenza.
While the effectiveness of the Influenza vaccine can vary from year to year, it still provides the best protection against the disease and its complications, authorities said.
Public Health and CDC recommend flu vaccination for all people over 6 months. This recommendation includes children and pregnant women.
Healthy people who feel that they do not need to be vaccinated too should get the vaccine to protect others in their community, especially older adults, the young, and those with weakened immune systems.
Flu vaccination is also a great way to help protect hospital capacity in case of a sudden increase of covid-19 in winter. The flu vaccine can be given at the same time as the flu shot. covid-19 vaccine.
Influenza and covid-19
Flu symptoms can be confused with covid-19 symptoms. High-risk individuals who test negative for covid should get a flu testsaid Public Health.
People should seek medical attention as soon as they start to feel sick, whether they have been vaccinated or not.