This year the flu has reached every state in the country and has reached what is considered epidemic proportions in seven of the 10 regions of the US, a flu specialist with the CDC told WebMD.
Flu season often does not peak until January and Kezirian said it's not too late to get a flu shot. "It's important every year that we monitor the Australian flu season because the following flu season in the United States and Europe could be similar", said University of Texas Medical Branch professor and study author Slobodan Paessler, DVM, PhD, in a recent press release. While there are simple personal health practices everyone can adopt to help stay germ-free, getting an annual flu shot is the most effective way to protect against the virus. For more information on influenza: here.
As is expected, there are many differing views on the effectiveness of flu vaccines.
Raghu Kasetty, MD of OSF St. Francis said the local flu season will presumably get worse before it improves.
Pennsylvania is now labeled as widespread by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which means there are flu outbreaks in at least half of the regions in the state. While some areas of the country are already experiencing elevated flu activity, activity in Delmarva is still moderate, so there is still time to get vaccinated.
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Swartzentruber recommends for the best outcome if you get the flu, you should seek treatment within the first 48 hours.
McGeer says there are a number of influenza strains in competition. Twenty-three percent of flu cases were among people 19 to 49 years old.
H3N2 was the most common strain seen in Australia and the vaccine used there has a similar composition to the one being now used in the U.S. In previous years, the effectiveness rates of flu shots has been between 40 to 60 percent. "The flu vaccine has definitely gotten not the best publicity, and deservedly so", he said. Individuals with weak immune systems and healthy individuals are equally likely to catch the flu virus.
But Dr. Holder says it is still a good idea to get the shot. Some people never show any signs of flu symptoms but may act as carriers of the virus, infecting their loved ones.
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) - Add Indiana and Kentucky to the list of states with widespread flu activity.
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Lorraine Saylor was pronounced scene and her husband was transported to Pineville Community Hospital with arm and head injuries. They are asking everyone in the Arjay area to stay away from the dog if sighted and call them immediately at 606-337-6174.