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It's not too late for a flu shot, as cases rise

It's not too late for a flu shot, as cases rise

National Influenza Vaccination Week begins today and runs through December 9.

The primary strain of flu this year appears to be H3N2, which can be particularly hard on the elderly.

"The most important thing is what symptoms to look for", Cobb & Douglas Public Health Communications Director Valerie S. Crow said. Headaches can also be a symptom.

Deti cautions that the county data is often inaccurate because many people do not go to the doctor when they have the flu and those who do often don't get officially tested and diagnosed.

Anyone can get the flu, regardless of age, race, gender, or ethnicity, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports only sporadic cases of the flu in Wyoming, but there are more each week, indicating that flu season is approaching.

The figure below shows peak flu activity for the United States by month for the 1982-1983 through 2015-2016 flu seasons. Preventive actions include washing your hands and covering your nose or mouth when coughing or sneezing.

While the focus on immunization is not necessarily new, there are some new developments and recommendations for the 2017 flu season.

It declares an area of "widespread" when outbreaks of influenza or increases in influenza-like-illness cases and recent laboratory-confirmed influenza in at least half the regions of the state with recent laboratory evidence of influenza, according to the CDC website. A North Island care home had an outbreak of influenza B, but it did not spread beyond the facility, she said.

If you plan to get a flu vaccination in time to protect you during the Christmas holidays, you may be running out of time. The office is open from 8 a.m.to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 401 W. Tamarack Road in Altus. The self-pay cost of vaccines is $25 and the high-dose vaccine for people 65 or older cost is $55.


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