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Widespread flu keeping local health departments, pharmacies on alert

Widespread flu keeping local health departments, pharmacies on alert

She said the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control "reported a mid-season estimate of influenza vaccine effectiveness at 42 per cent overall".

If you've been lucky enough to dodge those flu germs, don't count yourself safe yet because this season's flu virus is one of the worst in recent memory.

Pike County is faring better than many Pennsylvania counties so far, with 43 confirmed cases of influenza, or one case in 1,320.

Health departments in Bryan, Chatham, Effingham, Liberty and McIntosh counties will also be offering free flu shots from 8 a.m.to 3 p.m. Friday.

"With flu cases on the rise, New Yorkers should take steps to get vaccinated and protect themselves and their loved ones", Cuomo said.

Dr. Frank Welch, Louisiana's immunization director, said the outbreak is the worst he's seen in 20 years on the job.

The deputy commissioner spoke with patients and staff of the health center, discussing the importance of getting vaccinated and preventative measures people can take to deter the spread of the virus.

District employees were provided with opportunities to obtain their flu shots in the fall.

Residents may also wish to contact their local health care provider or pharmacy about getting a flu shot. There have been no supply shortages reported.

The season usually peaks from January through March, but can start as early as November and continue through late spring. She retired previous year and didn't get a flu shot figuring she was no longer around sick children.

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To date, there have been 66,373 confirmed cases in Missouri, almost 10,000 of them last week alone.

Not only is flu fairly localized - with different strains dominating in different regions - but a more effective health system can lessen the impact of seasonal influenza.

This season's H3N2 strain of the flu virus can be extremely serious, even deadly, not just for those in higher risk categories but to generally healthy Kentuckians as well, the department said. Of those, 84 are Influenza A and 31 are Influenza B. The Medical Examiner says her death would be classified as natural. Recommendations on the site include seeking medical attention if the fever persists for more than two to three days, if symptoms persist for more than 10 days, if breathing is hard and if swallowing fluids is hard. He believes he caught the Norovirus, a stomach illness that causes vomiting and diarrhea.

Common symptoms include a fever greater than 100 degrees fahrenheit, body aches, chills and other signs similar to a cold.

CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or other necessities.

Pierce student Zakarih Swanson was absent two days this quarter due to contracting the flu.

Simple precautions can also go a long way toward avoiding flu, Rodriguez said.

Martin said people who feel sick should stay home to avoid spreading the flu.

The flu is spread through mucus droplets through the air from coughing and sneezing. While you are protected there are still strains that could harm you this season.