Here's where you can get vaccinatedHospitals have reported a recent increase in the number of people visiting the emergency room. A weekly "Situation Update" summarizes FluView, giving you all of the most important facts in one place. "We're limiting visitors so that we try to prevent flu from going out into community", said Dr. Anthony Maranelli, a pulmonologist.
If you haven't gotten the flu shot already, there is still time and it's a good idea.
CNN reported that as of this past Friday, Jernigan said the "this is the first year we've had the entire continental United States at the same level (of flu activity) at the same time".
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That assessment is not exactly accurate, because H3N2 was included in the strains the vaccine protects from this year, she said. While health officials are hopeful that outbreaks may be leveling off, they note that the flu season historically peaks in February and can last until May, so there is plenty of sickness still ahead. Appointments must be made to receive flu vaccine, and are now being scheduled at the clinic. Previous year there was upwards of 600,000 hospitalizations reported due to Influenza activity.
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People should also practice preventive care, wash their hands often, cover their cough or sneeze with their arm not their hand and if they do get sick or get flu-like symptoms, stay home from work for at least 24 hours.
The current flu season started earlier than in the past and is likely peaking, according to the CDC.
"We're seeing the worst of it right now", said Randy Bergen, a pediatrician who is leading the anti-flu effort for Kaiser Permanente Northern California.
Nickelson said the pharmacy has also seen an increase in the number of people coming in to buy flu medications.
"Symptoms of flu can include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue". VIDEO: Tips for preventing the flu Louise McDowell got her shot early, but still got the flu. Alcohol based gels are the next best thing if you don't have access to soap and water. That could mean the difference between life and death for some people who have weaker immune systems-including the elderly, young children, and people with chronic medical conditions.