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Flu-related hospital stays up at Fairfield Medical Center

Flu-related hospital stays up at Fairfield Medical Center

Already, the CDC has worked with over 60 countries to strengthen their surveillance and laboratory capacity to help inform practitioners which strains should be included in the seasonal flu vaccines developed each year.

It's still early in the flu season, but three U.S. states, Louisiana, Mississippi and SC, are experiencing high "Influenza-Like Illness" activity.

Flu season is at its peak from December to February and the New Jersey Department of Health wants you to be proactive about getting your vaccine before flu activity increases.

"The flu-shot-phobic people will hear that and say, 'Of course!"

Most deaths, the WHO says, happen with people over the age of 75 and in the world's poorest regions.

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The state Health Department says influenza is now prevalent in ny state, which means health care workers who haven't had a flu shot must wear procedural masks around patients.

"If you get the flu shot, at least you've done everything in your power to keep from getting it", McCoy said.

"That being said, the authors of the preliminary Australian study did make a point of saying in their article that annual vaccination remains the most effective way to prevent influenza infection each year", Lantrip said in an email. Current vaccines are said to provide better immunization against influenza B and influenza A (H1N1) viruses and offer lower protection against influenza A (H3N2) viruses.

Symptoms of influenza include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.

Over the past week in North Dakota, there were 104 new cases of the flu. Doctors explain that the young and the old are especially at risk for serious complications from the flu.

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More research is needed to tease out the morality contributions of different seasonal flu strains, and modeling methods created to gauge the death-reduction benefits of flu vaccination programs need to factor in differences in flu vaccine effectiveness by subtype, lineage, age, and earlier vaccination history, she added.

The CDC also recommends the injectable flu shot over the nasal spray vaccine because it has proven to be more effective.

Quinlisk continued: "It may not stop every sniffle, but if you're someone who wants to not get seriously ill, doesn't want to end up in the hospital and certainly doesn't want to die, this is a good vaccine to get and to be honest, about the only vaccine we have right now for the flu".

There are many common misconceptions with influenza and the flu shot circulating throughout the internet and social media.

"All indications are that we are seeing more flu earlier in the year, and we anticipate more cases", said Randall Williams, MD, director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Earlier research estimated the death toll to range anywhere from 250,000-500,000 deaths from all illnesses related to the flu.

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