Published: Fri, January 11, 2019
Medical | By Bryan Strickland

Didn't get a flu shot? Get one now

Didn't get a flu shot? Get one now

ME had 510 confirmed influenza cases through January 5 - the latest figures available - down from 768 during the same time period in 2017-18.

Kane County health officials are urging people to get flu shots after a 3-year-old girl died from flu-related complications last month at an Aurora hospital.

"We know that viruses spread more easily during peak season for these illnesses, and that some people such as seniors and people of any age with underlying medical conditions are at higher risk for complications", said medical health officer Dr. Rakel Kling in a press release.

While H1N1 was the dominant flu strain last season, this one has already been far worse.

Getting flu shots at U.S. Army Health Clinic-Schofield Barracks.

- Get the flu vaccine, as well as the pneumococcal vaccine (a secondary illness), if you are able.

Flu shots will also be offered at the Bellmawr Regional Health Center located at 35 Browning Road in Bellmawr on Mondays from 1 to 4 p.m. and Fridays from 9 4 p.m.

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People get sick more often in the winter because they are exposed to each other more than in the summer. What makes this spike in activity more significant is data that many adults have put off getting the flu vaccine. For those who get a flu shot and still contract influenza, symptoms tend to be milder and not last as long, research has shown. Since the beginning of the 2018-19 flu season, 9,268 cases of the flu have been confirmed throughout Pennsylvania, with 96 cases reported in Centre County. Most of the deaths occurred in patients who were over the age of 65. "In addition, we have vaccinated against this strain of H1N1 in 2009 and every year since", says Dr. Warshawsky. To shorten wait times, you can also schedule a flu shot at a time convenient for you by calling 419-774-4700.

Vaccination also is important for health care workers, and other people who live with or care for high risk people to keep from spreading flu to them. So far, the current vaccine appears to have worked well in that region and is performing better than last year's vaccine.

Quinton's case illustrates the true cost of a disease that some people dismiss as "just the flu".

"This year, it's closer to 60 years old". You will typically suffer from a cough, fever, sore throat, runny nose, headache, body aches, chills, and fatigue. "With the flu, it's much greater congestion, especially in your chest".

We report these findings back to the CDC, and they use that information to help determine how to formulate future vaccines.

According to the CDC, a person sick with influenza can infect anyone within a six-foot radius. Do you have a sense of how effective this year's flu vaccine will be?

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