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Sep 28, 2016 1:21 PM

It's here - 1st positive case of flu season confirmed in NH


CONCORD - The first positive influenza test result of the 2016-17 season has been announced.

The positive sample was announced by the N.H. Department of Health and tested by the State Public Health Lab from an adult.

It is estimated that 25,000 people in the United States die each year from influenza, and 966,000 medical visits and 67,000 hospitalizations were prevented last year by the vaccine. Last flu season in the New Hampshire, 19 influenza-related deaths were identified based on review of death certificate records.

- Children aged 6 months through 4 years of age

- Pregnant women

- Adults 50 years of age or older

- People who are immunosuppressed

- People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions, including asthma, heart disease, diabetes, or chronic lung disease

Influenza can be a serious disease of the lungs, nose, and throat. The illness is spread from person to person through contact with infected respiratory secretions including by coughing and sneezing. Typical flu symptoms include fever, headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, and muscle aches.

The flu season usually lasts from October through May, so CDC and DHHS recommend that everyone who is at least six months of age be vaccinated by the end of October.

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