But when it comes to prevention, education is key. "I'd say it's about the same as past year", Parry said.
State health officials recommend Delawareans to get a flu shot as soon as possible.
We all know the telltale symptoms of the flu - the fever, headache, nausea and fatigue.
The CDC is reporting the influenza virus is widespread across Texas. It may be more effective at protecting the elderly because their immune systems are more fragile. The flu can stop anyone in their tracks.
Following Australia's recent severe flu season, marked by a record number of flu cases and low vaccine effectiveness, public health experts have warned that the United States may be in for a similarly rough flu season. This leaves much room for improvement in vaccination rates. Australia in particular has had a miserable season - its largest since 2009, according to the Australian Department of Health. "It can take up to two weeks to build full immunity to the flu after you are vaccinated, so I encourage everyone who has not yet had a flu shot to get one today".
Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. Health notwithstanding, healthcare professionals generally recommend the vaccine because of exposure - to friends, family, co-workers - that can lead to infection.
As the vaccine is inactivated, it can be received at the same time as other inactivated vaccines, Lo said, adding that parents should carry their child's immunization handbook when going for shots.
People can get the flu vaccine from local providers.
"Many healthy people that get the flu say it feels like they have been hit by a train", Mallory Swartzentruber, the public health educator for the Daviess County Health Department, said.
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Flu seasons are highly unpredictable since the influenza virus can mutate and it's hard to gauge which flu strain will dominate in any given year.
Fact: Getting the flu shot, even later in the season, can still be beneficial.
Sometimes different strains of the flu virus begin spreading simultaneously. Somewhere between 20-35-thousand may die from the flu in this country.
The HHSA's weekly "Influenza Watch" report noted that the jump coincided with an uptick of cases at long-term care facilities. Across the country and here, in Delmarva, the flu most often peaks in January and February, making this is the flawless time to get vaccinated.
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Many chain drug-store retailers have the flu vaccine available. "The flu vaccine has definitely gotten not the best publicity, and deservedly so", he said.
Myth: Flu shots are only for really sick people.. Anyone can catch the flu. Some people never show any signs of flu symptoms but may act as carriers of the virus, infecting their loved ones.
The good news is that it is not too late to get the vaccination.