Hampton Health Department provides free flu shots to public

06 February, 2018, 15:02 | Author: Inez Murphy
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"I've been in infectious disease for the last 15 years and this is as bad as it can get", Ahmad added.

In Ontario, the H3N2 strain of Influenza A, considered severe, is dominating this year.

"Most people with flu typically do not require emergency care, but this season's disease strain is much more active than previous years", Dr. Paul Kivela, president of ACEP, said in a statement. The health department is located at 3130 Victoria Blvd. "If you do end up getting the flu, make sure you see your doctor soon because if you start the antiviral medications within two days of getting the flu you have a much better chance of getting over it quicker", Johnson said.

Health professionals actually encourage that you do get a flu shot, especially as different strands of the flu swirl around.

To help boost these rates, UCSB Student Health offers flu vaccination clinics. There have been no supply shortages reported.

Adams says she got the flu just days before she planned to get the flu shot. Since September, 335 lab-confirmed hospitalizations have occurred in that area.

Influenza cases have increased nationwide in recent weeks. That means the number of weekly cases could triple, and the peak number of deaths could be substantially higher. Of those, 211 cases were influenza A, 13 were influenza B and 25 were unspecified.

Here are four more flu insights to know.

Symptoms of the flu include difficulty breathing, pain or pressure to the chest, sudden dizziness, confusion, persistent vomiting and a fever paired with sore throat or cough. This also puts people who go to the emergency room with mild symptoms at risk. People infected with influenza may have respiratory symptoms without a fever.

And there are some signs the flu season will continue to get worse.

It's not too late to get your shot from your doctor or pharmacy. It is also important for family members and people who have regular contact with high-risk individuals to be vaccinated.

Stay home when you are sick to prevent spreading the flu.

Flu viruses are spread mainly from person to person through droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or event talk.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

People who are sick with the flu can spread the virus to others up to about 6 feet away.

There have been 24 additional students tested for flu-like illnesses, with over 90 confirmed cases in the fall.

Stay home if you are sick.

Both Missouri and Kansas, like every state except OR and Hawaii, have witnessed "widespread" flu activity this season - defined by the CDC as outbreaks in at least half the regions of a state.

"The Talbot County Health Department has over 170 doses of the flu vaccine remaining and will be providing free flu shots as long as the vaccine lasts", Wadley said.

The current flu season is at record levels in New York State.

The Johnson County Health Department said 10 schools have reported greater than 10 percent absenteeism due to influenza-like illness in the last week.

Federal officials don't think the flu has peaked yet, and there may be several more weeks before the risk of flu or serious illness subsides.

Federal health officials said Friday that 53 children nationwide have died from the flu this season and that hospitalization rates are at their highest in almost a decade, according to USA TODAY.

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