Published: Sat, January 05, 2019
Medical | By Bryan Strickland

Flu season underway, not too late to get your flu shot

Flu season underway, not too late to get your flu shot

There have been reports of an increase in reported influenza (flu) activity throughout North Carolina.

At least 13 children in the US have died from the flu this season.

The predominant flu strain could also change later in the season, he said.

Four adult deaths and one pediatric death have now been linked to the flu in Kentucky this flu season.

Even though flu season is well underway, it's not too late to get the flu vaccine, says Rock.

"We know right now we are going up, we just don't know when it will start coming back down", she said in a telephone interview. The dominant strain circulating a year ago, H3N2, was especially hard to stop.

The CDC released a report showing a chart that compares the symptoms of the two. They are still encouraging people to get their flu shots.

But in Nova Scotia, for instance, less than 50 per cent of people have received the flu vaccine.

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Martin says though cases in Minnesota are ramping up, it's still too early to tell if the strain is indeed H1N1.

Health experts say when it comes to the flu, there are major symptoms to be on the look out for - especially ones that appear suddenly and severely.

People who are elderly, young and those who already have underlying conditions are most at-risk of contractingt he highly-contagious virus. Individuals with naïve or suppressed immune systems are the most susceptible to the flu.

"If you're not getting better, and your practitioner says you should be better in five to seven days, and you're not better, get checked out again", added Dr. Rodrigues.

Besides the loss of life and the associated grief-which is incalculable-flu outbreaks have a real economic impact as well. "Also do not forget to cover your cough and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth because germs are spread this way". All visitors are urged to wash their hands before and after their visits.

Stay home when you are sick.

"Flu is likely very underreported", Galbraith said.

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