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Sep 17, 2015 12:48 PM

State has first 3 cases of flu, health officials recommend flu vaccine


CONCORD - If news about the discovery of mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus isn't enough, now the state has found three people who tested positive for the flu.

The positive samples were all from adults, one each from Carroll, Grafton, and Hillsborough counties.
"These results mean that the influenza virus is circulating in the community, and DHHS is encouraging all New Hampshire residents 6 months of age and older to be vaccinated against the flu at their earliest convenience," the Department of Health and Human Services said in a press release.

The timing is slightly earlier than usual but not by much, according to the acting director of public health, Marcella Bobinsky. This is the fourth year in a row that the perennial flu warning was announced in September.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 25,000 people die each year in the United States due to influenza. Last flu season in N.H., 49 influenza-related deaths were identified based on review of death certificate records.

More information about the flu and the vaccine is available at the DHHS website at www.dhhs.nh.gov.


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