Salt Lake officials have declared that another person was killed by the flu. The confirmation was made on Wednesday, but the death occurred last week. The spokesman of the Health Department in the County of Salt Lake, Nicholas Rupp, declared that the patient who lost his life was an adult that had additional health issues besides influenza.
It seems that the second victim of the influenza virus in the County of Salt Lake was significantly younger than the first one. Though official authorities refused to provide additional details involving the person that lost its life because of the flu, they did say that the patient was younger than 65. The first victim of the seasonal viral infection was older than that.
This year a total of 45 people have been hospitalized in the county for influenza-related symptoms, two of which died.
Other counties like Morgan, Weber ant Utah are experiencing a rise in the influenza-related hospitalizations. It seems that 60 percent of the cases involve people older than 65, which are known to have a lower immunity.
The flu season started off rather slow and doctors were hoping that the influenza virus would be gentler this year than it has been in the previous one. According to the authorities, the county usually has an average of 38 influenza-related deaths in the flu season.
The news of the second death brings back into focus the subject of vaccination. Rupp says that a vaccine, even if it is poorly matched, provides the protection needed to overcome any serious problems that might occur once infected with the flu virus.
Every year the vaccines are developed in accordance with the virus strain that is expected to create more problems for the US population. Vaccines are recommended for all of the members of the population aged 6 months and up.
Rupp adds that the senior citizens, the children and those who are immunocompromised suffer the most during flu seasons because of their sensible nature. They are at risk of developing a more serious complication that could lead to permanent organ damage or even death.
The spokesman of the Health Department in the County of Salt Lake also stated that the vaccines are far better this year than in the previous ones and that the decreased numbers of infected people are a certain proof than they are efficient.
Symptoms of influenza include headaches, nausea, muscle aches, coughing, respiratory system distress (blocked and runny nose) and fever. If any of the symptoms become severe the doctors recommend you to head to the nearest hospital.