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City Health Officials Remind Residents to Get Flu Vaccines this Winter

City Health Officials Remind Residents to Get Flu Vaccines this Winter

Confirmed flu cases are climbing in Greene County, and hospitals are responding with restrictions on visitors, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department said in a news release.

Influenza monitoring at the state Department of Health shows that this season's number of positive flu cases-855 between October 7 and December 23-is a 62 percent increase over the number of cases at this point a year ago.

Earlier this month, the Kansas City Health Department and said the winter season was on pace to be "very bad". The fifth patient was an 81-year-old resident of Irving.

The designated support people need to be free of flu symptoms and carefully follow infection control guidelines, such as hand washing.

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In Montrose, California, physician assistant Jennifer DeMoss said the flu season has been "crazy so far".

The state's health agency urges people to ask for the "quadrivalent vaccine", which protects against four flu strains. That's up from 84 cases reported during the previous week.

Lutheran General officials said, "Those experiencing flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue, must refrain from visiting patients".

Though it's still too early to say whether this winter will be a bad flu season, epidemiologists in 36 states - including NY - have already reported "widespread influenza activity", according to data released by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday. The CDC estimates it prevents about 5 million flu cases annually across the country and says it's not too late to get your dose.

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Dallas County health officials reiterated the importance of taking precautions to stay healthy and avoid becoming ill - including getting the flu vaccine.

What's not measured, he said, is what happens if you get the flu.

The vaccine is changed every year to include a mixture of strains of the virus that circulated in prior years.

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