Georgia has highest level of flu activity in U.S — CDC

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People at high risk of serious flu complications, including young children; pregnant women; people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease; people 65 years and older; and people who are immunocompromised should seek health care advice early on if they experience flu-like symptoms.

During the 2017-18 season, 185 children died of flu complications in the United States, officials from the Centers for Disease Control said.

The new policy, which was announced on Monday, Jan. 7, is a response to the current flu season. That's the strain that was circulating widely last year, when we had a really bad year for flu.

The number of deaths due to pneumonia and influenza were at or above epidemic levels for 16 straight weeks during the 2017/18 flu season.

As of January 5, 507,028 doses of flu vaccine had been administered by AHS Public Health and pharmacists in Calgary.

"H1N1 is not a very different strain from what we saw last year or the year before".

In 2009, Ontario was hit with a strain of swine flu commonly known as H1N1.

Nationwide, federal health officials are reporting sharp increases in flu activity.

Lee also said flu cases are picking up throughout the country.

Since the 1970s, two major Type A flu varieties have coexisted: H3N2 and H1N1.

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"Often, we see more than one influenza strain throughout the whole winter season. Although that was, thankfully, unique, we want never to see it repeated".

During the same timeframe, there were only two reported deaths from influenza a year ago. These vaccines are grown in eggs; hence they should not be taken by people with an egg allergy. "Influenza is always unsafe", Schaffner said.

Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every year. Parents should keep their sick children at home so they do not spread the flu to others.

Protect yourself and your family this flu season. Walk-ins are welcome at the Public Health Clinic at Richland Public Health.

"If you are a business owner, you should also encourage your employees to get vaccinated". So even if the vaccine is only 50 percent effective, it could essentially stop the epidemic in a community if everyone got a flu shot, Morse said. When it is cold outside, people tend to stay inside and are more likely to spread germs to one another.

"Complacency worries me most of all".

Various global stakeholders have indicated the benefits of vaccines that induce broad immunity so as to prime the population against newly emerging influenza viruses or other respiratory viruses of pandemic potential.

Those with flu symptoms are advised to visit their primary care doctor, a Lee Health Convenient Care, walk-in or urgent care center.

Influenza symptoms can include fever, headache, muscle pain, runny nose, sore throat, extreme tiredness, and cough.

The symptoms are similar to seasonal flu symptoms.

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