Early indications suggest harsh flu season in US

Early indications suggest harsh flu season in US

"Influenza is an unpredictable infectious disease", said Dr. William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

According to the latest report by the MoH, deaths as a result of influenza have reduced over the past three years, with the 2017 season seeing eight cases of deaths so far, compared with 2015, which recorded 25 deaths.

By the same time a year ago, 71 cases had been reported. This can include pain or tenderness, muscle aches, headaches for fatigue. Flu viruses are spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk.

In Australia, Influenza A (H3N2) was the predominant flu virus this year, and 81 percent of the deaths were caused by that strain. Influenza symptoms are usually worse than a cold and last longer.

"I have not gotten my flu vaccines". If you have concerns about a preexisting condition and the flu shot, talk to your doctor. "Make sure you're taking care of yourself-eat a well-balanced diet and make sure to drink enough water, get enough sleep and do your best to avoid stress". "Touching their germs could get you sick". "Even healthy people get seriously ill from flu every year, but people who are very young, the elderly, pregnant women and people with certain underlying health problems are at high risk of serious flu complications".


African-American, Hispanic, Asian and Native American children have a higher vaccination rate than non-Hispanic white children. Infants need their first dose of flu vaccine at 6 months of age.

IL had a vaccination rate of barely over 41 percent, one of the lowest rates in the nation.

The flu vaccine is safe and does not cause the flu, states the Arkansas Department of Health. Most drugstore chains such as Walgreens, CVS and MedExpress will carry the shot, as will some large retailers such as Sam's Club, Target, grocery stores and more.

They are available at county health departments across the state.

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