State DPH: Flu-related illnesses on the uptick

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Meanwhile, the DPH recommends children 6 months to 8 years old getting vaccinated for the first time should get two doses of vaccine.

According to the Government of Canada's Flu Watch report, the 2017-18 flu season started early. Gale Burstein says it may or may not be completely effective against the flu virus variants circulating this year, but it is a lot better than no protection.

The latest data is from the week ending in December 2nd, though new data is expected out soon.

The flu has not yet made great inroads into Abilene, those following the illness' progress so far say. People aged 75 and older and those living in sub-Saharan Africa had the highest rates of flu-associated respiratory deaths, the study found.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducts studies each year to determine how effective the vaccine will be in protecting against influenza-related illness and while the effectiveness can vary from year to year, studies show that the vaccine remains the most effective way to protect public health. Getting a flu shot cannot only help you, it can also help the people around you. "So if you need to be out and about running errands and meeting up with friends and family, it's wise to protect yourself-and them-as best you can".

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"Among the general population, about 39 percent have received the vaccine", said Stokley, co-author of a new CDC report that canvased people by phone and internet in early November.

If you get sick, look out for severe aches and pains in your muscles and joints, notable fatigue and weakness, headaches and a high fever. The new estimates reveal the range is likely substantially higher-290,000-650,000 deaths from respiratory-only, flu-related diseases. "Most insurances are paying for flu shots, so it's really not a cost to you".

The researchers concluded that their work could help guide countries that want to introduce or expand flu vaccination programs and could be used to help win more support from global health groups looking to increase access to the vaccines in low- and middle-income countries. "Getting it during the holiday season is even worse", said Chakravarty. So mention this to your doctor when you go for your vaccine!

Darlington County and Marion County had influenza case rates of 21 and 1 per 100,000, respectively.