Flu season soars in the United States, especially in the South

08 December, 2017, 02:04 | Author: Inez Murphy
  • National Influenza Week stresses importance of vaccinations

Experts are expecting the flu to come on strong this winter, based on what they've seen in the southern hemisphere earlier this year, according to a memo in the New England Journal of Medicine.

As Christmas approaches, health officials are warning Oklahomans that the flu is spreading across the state. Common symptoms include cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, fever and chills, muscle and body aches, headaches and fatigue.

Flu season is building momentum in ME, with both outpatient medical visits and hospitalizations on the rise.

"This is the time to get a flu shot", said Mills.

Experts say there's still plenty of time to benefit from getting a flu vaccine, which are widely available at medical offices, pharmacies and other sites.

"The most predictable thing about flu is that it's unpredictable", Brammer said. "It's a good guess that H3N2 will predominate, and that's worrisome", he said.

"Some patients believe the possible side effects outweigh the positives that they get from prevention", she said.

"Everyone should get vaccinated every year it's for the best for them and for everyone as a whole", Beard.

And the vaccine is no guarantee of protection.

The CDC recommends the vaccination for everyone six months old and older because there are thousands of flu-related deaths each year. The article's authors also noted that "the vaccine prevented about a third of all illness by all of the types of flu", Flannery said.

About Families Fighting Flu Families Fighting Flu is a national, nonprofit, 501 (c)(3) volunteer-based advocacy organization dedicated to protecting children and their families against influenza. That death reported in mid-November involved a child age four or younger.

Dr. Allison McGeer, director of infection control at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, said lab testing in Ontario is turning up "quite a lot of B isolates, almost as many Bs as H3N2".

"The difference is the cold is going to last about two weeks and you may not have the achiness that you have a long with the flu", Hubenka said. And in Australia, which used the identical vaccine as Canada's this past season, its effectiveness against H3N2 infection was far less - only about 10 per cent.

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