Flu Death Leads To Reminder About Flu Shot

Sep 20, 2016
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A man in his 50's recently died from the flu virus in Spokane County. This has prompted the Washington Department of Health to remind people that a flu shot is still the best protection against the flu virus.

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The Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (WADDL) has confirmed that two dogs are infected with the H3N2 virus, one of two types of influenza A virus that can infect dogs. The other is H3N8. Both cause an upper respiratory illness that is similar to other bacteria and cold viruses and include mild to moderate cold or flu-like symptoms.

Though H3N2 is highly contagious between canines, most dogs will recover successfully in a week to 10 days.

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Washington State’s whooping cough outbreak continues to grow. So far this year, there’ve been 397 confirmed cases, compared with 85 last year. Here’s why: for one, whooping cough is cyclical; every 3-4 years, it peaks and then drops down.

Another reason is the vaccine itself, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Chas Debolt is senior epidemiologist with the state department of health, and co-authored the study. The study looked at the duration of the vaccine’s level of protection, starting from the time a child receives a vaccine.

Oregon and Washington lawmakers flinched within hours of each other Wednesday when it came to toughening mandatory vaccination requirements for schoolchildren.