Doctors from Children's Healthcare of Atlanta said it's best to avoid the emergency room in most cases, and if you think your child has the flu, take them to see their regular doctor. Although this year's vaccine is only estimated to be around 30 percent effective against H3N2, medical experts still recommend getting a flu shot.
About 270 flu cases were reported to the Newton County Health Department from December 1 to January 18.
Some flu patients are at a higher risk of complications from the virus.
Pregnant women are no exception to the flu shot.
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In the US, annual flu shots are recommended for everyone age 6 months or older. "It's not too late", Kulp said. The CDC recommends anyone over 6 months old get a flu shot if they haven't already, even if they have already been sick with flu-like symptoms.
However, the majority of people don't get vaccinated against the adenovirus, even though it can cause severe infections in adults because the vaccines are not licesed for civilian-use. "Stay home with it", he said.
Flu vaccines are available through the Berrien County Health Department, as well as pharmacies and clinics. Mary Hughey, public health nurse, said the number may seem small because it only includes cases of Jasper County residents who actually tested positive for the flu as opposed to those who have flu-like symptoms but haven't been tested.
Anita Quiran, assistant director of San Antonio Metro Health, said tracking flu is very hard because its not reportable.
"I had not had the flu since 1996", said Manton, 48, a chief marketing officer for a law firm in New York City. That's the highest level of activity since the deadly swine flu pandemic almost 10 years ago, reports Dr. Tara Narula.
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In North Carolina, there have been 67 flu-related deaths this season.
To avert the illness from spreading, students who are sick receive a 5-day university excuse and are not allowed to return to school until their temperature goes under 100 F. Most of the deaths in the state have occurred in people 65 years old or older.
The elders are the most affected.
Rainey is the epidemiology manager for the Northern Kentucky Health Department.
Jernigan said that influenza reached all the states this time, something never seen in the past few years.
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Stacy Rogge, regional director of marketing and communication for Providence Health & Services, said that both St. Patrick Hospital and St. Joseph Medical Center in Polson have imposed restrictions on visitors in response to the flu.
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