New strain of flu on the rise

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Even though it's late. "We're getting used to it", Marchetti said.

But there is still lots of doses available for those who haven't gotten it as of yet.

Patsy Malas, Campus Nurse, says the most important thing to know is that the flu is most contagious during the 24 hours after all symptoms have cleared. "The virus is often transmitted at colder temperatures in low humidity", she explains. "The worst case scenario is that it doesn't work for you, while the best case scenario is it prevents you from getting sick".

What about for children and babies?

Deaths from influenza and pneumonia, which are closely tied to each other in the winter months, were responsible for 1 of every 10 deaths last week, and that's likely to rise, Schuchat said in a conference call Friday.

According to The Washington Post, this year's flu season is already the most widespread on record since health officials began keeping track 13 years ago and has already caused the most hospitalizations in almost a decade, federal health officials have said. Approximately 700 children received vaccinations through the program this year.

Emory University's Student Health Services has reported treating 193 cases of influenza and influenza-type illness since January 1, 2018 - a higher number of cases than recent flu seasons, but consistent with numbers being reported on other area campuses and within the community, state and nation. This year's version of the flu vaccine, which is prepared months in advance, is turning out to be less effective than usual, especially against the H3N2 strain of influenza A.

"The last severe season that we had, 56,000 Americans died from influenza". But what does that really mean?

To build a vaccine, scientists grow influenza in eggs or cell culture that they predict will match the influenza in the wild.

Several strains of the flu exist at any given time, but the two that are prevalent this season are Influenza A and Influenza B. Influenza A is the more severe and fatal of the two. Crystal Whitley, who teaches in Mullin, got the flu shot in October after giving birth to her son, family members told ABC affiliate WFAA.

There are a number of ways people can protect themselves and others.

"This really puts us at risk of a risky accident without helping our flu preparedness", he said. The doctor may prescribe antiviral medications, which work best when started early in the illness.

No, you do not get the flu from the vaccine.

"Remember this is a virus that mutates, that's its specialty", Roberts says. "The body recognizes [these] proteins as non-self and produces white blood cells to attack the flu virus".

You have a few more shots to get a free flu shot to help battle this particularly brutal flu season.

Influenza symptoms include fever or feeling feverish, a cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, chills and fatigue.