After a slow start, this year's flu season is beginning to roar, but it's not too late to be immunized.
Just last week, the Indiana Department of Public Health said flu activity is now "high" and "widespread" across the state. The CDC estimates that 80,000 people died of the flu during the 2017-2018 season.
We know that one of the type A viruses, A (H3N2), causes the most severe flu symptoms.
Canada-wide, 414 children have been hospitalized with the flu, the vast majority the H1N1 strain of influenza A, which tends to hit children hardest. You will typically suffer from a cough, fever, sore throat, runny nose, headache, body aches, chills, and fatigue.
The CDC reviews the effectiveness of the vaccine each year and often bases expectations on how virulent the strain was and how it was treated in the southern hemisphere, such as Australia.
Totals in Oklahoma so far this season are 331 hospitalizations and 13 deaths, far below last year's record.
The vaccine you get may also help to protect others. "Since returning from the break, we've had a few kids tell nurses that they had the flu during the break, but we don't have laboratory confirmation of that".
Spencer Durham, an infectious disease expert in the Harrison School of Pharmacy at Auburn University, urges everyone to get vaccinated as we enter the peak of flu season.
Children less than two years old and adults older than 65.
McHenry County is facing a rise in the influenza virus, and health care providers are encouraging residents to get vaccinated.
Moore said physicians at CHEO are seeing cases of RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) and other viruses as well as some flu.
There were no confirmed cases of the flu during the first week of December.
If you are sick, limit contact with others and stay home from class or work until you are fever-free for at lest 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot; the shot is safe for children older than 6 months, and for pregnant women as well.
The influenza immunization is recommended for everyone age 6 months and older (if there are no medical conditions that discourage it.) For those who absolutely can not tolerate hypodermic needles, there is a jet injector available which uses a high pressure narrow stream of vaccine to penetrate the skin using compressed gas or springs.
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