Have you had a flu shot? It's not too late

Lester Mason
January 14, 2018

With peak flu season upon us, the city Health Department is reminding New Yorkers to get their flu shots. The federal CDC estimates that there are 9.2 million to 35.2 million cases of the flu each season nationally, with hospitalizations ranging from 140,000 to 710,000. "They've found through research that in the winter months there are congregations of people and that provides an excellent mode of transmission".

Armellino said she is strongly recommending the vaccine for those who have not yet gotten it.

The administration and staff at J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital in Huntingdon is asking the community to restrict visitation to the Hospital, due to the number of people with influenza and the contagious nature of the flu. It is not too late to benefit from a flu shot this season and to assure you are protecting those around you. At the very first week of 2018, 7 kids died in influenza, bringing the entire quantity to 20 therefore much for this entire year.

How can I tell if it's flu or a cold? "So many times I hear the comment 'I got the flu shot but I still got the flu.' It may be true but unless we test you for that, most likely you did come down with some other illness". That was an increase from 36 states the previous week. That, along with other factors, makes for more infections and more severe illnesses.

"Type A, H3N2 seems to be the significant culprit", Honeycutt said.

Veterinarians are even warning pet owners about canine influenza.

Flu usually clears up by itself after around a week or two, but it is advisable you take the steps above in order to alleviate any of the associated symptoms.

No vaccine is perfectly protective in any year, so it's important to practice good infection control. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.


Seventeen flu-related deaths is drastically higher compared to past year at this time when Manitoba health reported one death. It hits humans harder than other strains - and scientists don't know why, according to a recent analysis in The Atlantic.

Influenza activity rapidly increased in the last few weeks, health officials say, and is considered widespread here.

But the president of Pharmacists Manitoba says Tamiflu is best used for the more severe cases. "The vaccine is available at doctors' offices and many retail locations".

Stacey Anderson of the DPHHS Communicable Disease Epidemiology section agrees.

The vaccine was 48 percent effective in 2016-17 and 59 percent effective in 2015-16, according to the federal CDC.

Claim 2: While everybody should be alert for flu-symptoms, doctors are most concerned with people over 65 years old and younger than five years old.

"Sometimes, people will pop vitamin C for a week or longer and still feel sick, but when you get it intravenously, you'll literally, within a couple of hours, start to feel better". "Take measures for comfort: medicine to reduce the fever and lots of fluid because dehydration is common".

According to the BBC, hospital admissions and GP visits for influenza overall have seen a sharp rise going into 2018.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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