November 7, 2013 in City

First flu case of the season strikes Spokane

From staff reports
There are six different versions of the flu vaccine available:

Quadrivalant vaccineSome flu vaccines will protect against four strains of influenza—two strains of influenza A and two strains of influenza B.

Trivalent vaccine The traditional vaccine designed to protect against three different flu viruses—two A viruses and one B virus.

Nasal spray vaccine This flu vaccine is sprayed into the nose and is approved for use in people ages two and 49 who are not pregnant.

Egg-free vaccines Vaccines made from viruses grown in animal cells are available for people with egg allergies.

High-dose vaccines High-dose shots, approved for those ages 65 and over, include four times the usual level of immunity-producing proteins to provide additional protection.

Intradermal shots These shots have shorter needles that penetrate just the skin instead of the muscle.

From the Spokane Regional Health District

The flu has returned to the Inland Northwest.

A Spokane woman in her 60s tested positive for influenza A, the first case of influenza in Spokane this season, according to a news release from Spokane Regional Health District.

The SRHD recommends that all people 6 months of age and older get a flu shot. The vaccine, which comes in six different options, kicks in within about two weeks, according to the release.

Last flu season, 152 people were hospitalized due to flu in Spokane County, and two died due to flu-related illness, according to the release. The elderly, young children and people with certain health conditions are at high risk for serious flu complications.

Flu shots are available at many pharmacies and grocery stores.

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