Flu Is Spreading Fast This Season

Ebony Scott
December 5, 2017

And the flu season could be severe, as well as early. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death.

Those who already have the virus have some or all of the following symptoms: fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.

On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control listed Oklahoma as one of two states with widespread outbreak of the flu.

"The take-home message is that there's a desperate need for a more effective influenza vaccine", Dr. Meissner said.

The Edmonton zone has reported 167 lab confirmed cases and 61 hospitalizations.

In Australia, the number reached 215,280 reports by mid-October, exceeding the 59,022 cases reported during the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic.

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"However imperfect, though, current influenza vaccines remain a valuable public health tool, and it is always better to get vaccinated than not to get vaccinated", the paper said.

Last year only about 47 per cent of the population was vaccinated in the US. CDC's Jernigan cautions there's no good way to predict how bad the upcoming flu season will be. Doctors also encourage folks to wash their hands frequently

Last year, only about 47 per cent of the population was vaccinated in the US.

New weekly statistics issued by Alberta Health Services show five Albertans who contracted the flu this season have died as of November 25, including the first case in Edmonton zone.

That H3N2 strain caused infections here past year, too. The American flu vaccine uses the same composition, they note.

Everybody, starting at 6 months of age, according to the CDC. The CDC and the California Department of Public Health are recommending everyone over six months old get vaccinated.

But it can kill even the young and otherwise healthy.

There were zero states with high flu levels this time a year ago.

Just because you get a flu shot does not mean you won't get the flu.

But they say it's still extremely important for people to get vaccinated, as herd immunity - when enough members of a community get vaccinated to prevent a unsafe outbreak - can protect vulnerable members of the community, like children, seniors and people with serious illnesses that impact their immune system. It's already widely available in doctors' offices and drugstores.

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