Flu-related deaths across state almost double since previous year

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And this year is no exception.

There are four flu strains in the vaccine shot this year. Flu vaccination is especially important for people who are at greater risk for complications from flu and those who live with or care for these individuals.

State epidemiologist Dr. Gil Chavez noted that his department has provided more than 500,000 doses of vaccine at no cost to public health departments around the state for those individuals who can not afford a flu shot.

As of week 52, the CDC reported 13 pediatric flu-related deaths.

Dumfries and Galloway has been highlighted by the media as a hotspot for infection with the strain, which has been dubbed "Aussie flu" due to the problems it has caused in Australia recently.

While this year's vaccine is not believed to be as effective as the World Health Organization would like, with effectiveness being perhaps as low as 10 to 20 percent, the benefits of receiving the vaccine are still many, experts say.

Up until December 30, 2017, there were 11,275 laboratory-confirmed cases across the country, 74 per cent of which are attributed to influenza A. There have been a total of 1,050 influenza-related hospitalizations and 34 deaths across the country. "This year so far in MI, three children have died from influenza". Symptoms of the flu will come on quickly. The vaccine reduces the chance of serious illness, hospitalisation and even death among those who are most at risk.

Quadrivalent recombinant and inactivated flu vaccines are now available for H3N2. In the first week of January, the Mass. DPH says rates of flu-like illness have continued to rise. "There's an ample supply of antiviral medication, and it's our understanding manufacturers have plenty of vaccine on hand", said Dr. James Watt, chief of the CDPH Division of Communicable Disease Control Center for Infectious Diseases.

People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose.

The flu may not sound like a big deal, but if you've ever had it, you know it can make you feel miserable.

But the vaccine uptake in the region during that time was higher within at-risk groups, compared to the same time previous year. Influenza frequently leads to pneumonia that can be prevented by the pneumococcal vaccine.

As a reminder, getting the flu shot not only protects you, but also those most vulnerable. However, keep in mind that if you're already sick, you need to wait until your symptoms are gone before you can get vaccinated.

If you are sick with flu-like illness, the CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. The CDC said that if side effects occur they are typically mild and go away on their own within a few days.