Number of flu-related deaths continue to rise in Idaho
Jennifer Auh reports on the rising number of flu-related deaths in Idaho. Video by IdahoOnYourSide.comvideo
Flu season is taking a heavy toll on the elderly in Idaho. Since the flu season began in October, state health officials are already reporting 17 deaths in the Gem State, all over the age of 50.
At least 10 of the 17 deaths were reported from here in Southwest Idaho. The State Department of Health and Welfare said emergency rooms and doctors offices are still full of patients with the flu.
The leaders of the Nampa Senior Center told us they're doing all they can to keep their seniors safe with extra hand sanitizers and telling anyone, who is not feeling well to not come to the center.
However, health experts said the best protection is the flu shot. According to experts, people over the age of 50 should definitely get the shot. They also urge the elderly and other high-risk groups to see a doctor, if they suspect they have the flu and get treated early with an approved anti-viral medication.
Health experts advise those who can't get vaccinated to talk to their doctor about other precautions to prevent the flu. Here is a link to the Flu Vaccine Finder: www.flu.gov/