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Widespread Flu Hits Earlier This Season

Widespread Flu Hits Earlier This Season

And since the flu season could last well into March or April, there's still plenty of time for it to make a difference.

After contracting the flu, adults can remain contagious anywhere from five to seven days while children can remain contagious more than seven days.

The prominent strain in Australia's flu season was the H3N2 form of influenza A. That strain is what doctors are seeing in this country as well.

"What we've seen with strains in the southern hemisphere is that the vaccine is not as effective", said Dr. Shannon Waters, Island Health, Medical Health Officer.

How effective is the flu vaccine?

The lower rate of hospitalizations could stem from wider use of flu vaccine in the United States, and the fact that the same strain circulated in the USA last year, leaving some people immune to it, the official said.

Figures from the NHS show that 1,078 have been admitted to hospital with flu since October across 19 NHS trusts - of those 252 people were diagnosed with "Aussie flu", a new mutation of the virus that first surfaced a year ago.

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What are the symptoms of the flu? If you have these symptoms you need to see a doctor. "Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth or nose". What ways can you prevent the spread of the illness?

If you have not gotten a flu shot, it's late, but it is not too late.

Flu season typically peaks anywhere between December and March, according to the CDC.

Other hospitals in the United States have limited the age of patients under five years old as younger patients may not show signs of the flu but could be highly infectious.

The department advises Butte County residents to take precauations to avoid contracting and spreading the flu, including getting an annual flu vaccine, staying home when sick, covering when sneezing or coughing, washing hands frequently and avoiding touching one's face. The flu vaccine is grown using eggs. So do masks protect you from the flu? The vaccine is made from an inactivated virus.

What if I already have the flu or at the symptoms of it? Children should be kept home from school for 48 hours after their symptoms are gone.

There seems to be a lot of flu around, is it an epidemic?

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Now bunged-up children are set to return to school and send those number soaring as they spread the virus.

No flu deaths in anyone under 65 have been reported in Butte County, Almaguer said.

The flu is considered to be widespread nationally. In moderately severe years, as this one is being called, 56,000 could die.

Though the flu shot formula for this season may not be the best match, it still helps protect and prevent the flu.

THE flu can affect anyone at any age, but some people are more at risk than others.

"Influenza A and Influenza B. In the past, there's been a prevalence of one over the other".

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