The flu season has officially started with the first diagnosed case in New Hampshire.
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The positive test came from an adult in Rockingham County, according to a press release from the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. While it might seem early, this is actually quite late in the season. For the last few years, the first case of the flu was reported in the first two weeks of September.
The New England states are always hit particularly hard - there were 19 flu-related deaths last season in New Hampshire alone.
“It is difficult to predict how a flu season will progress, but the flu vaccine is safe and offers people the best protection to avoid illness and medical complications of influenza virus infection,” said Dr. Benjamin Chan, New Hampshire State Epidemiologist.
As always, it is encouraged that anyone over the age of 6 months looks into getting the vaccination.
Each year, 25,000 people will die from the flu, and it will cause 966,000 medical visits, and 67,000 hospitalizations.
This year, the nasal mist vaccine is not suggested compared to the shot. It does not provide enough protection against the virus, especially in children.
For more information on influenza and the vaccine, keep track of the latest information on our 2016 Flu Guide.