Flu season gets boost during holiday week

Flu season gets boost during holiday week

People more than 65 years old had the most reported cases of flu during the 2016-17 season, representing 33 percent.

People under doctors care for chronic medical conditions and children aged under three should get a prescription for flu immunisation from their private physician. "Last year, we had a flu season that peaked in the first week of January so there was a lot of disease over Christmas".

It takes two weeks for your body to develop immunity to the virus after you get the flu shot.

Concern that there's a link between autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and the vaccine preservative thimerosal has prevented some parents from getting their children vaccinated. It is especially important to get the shot and protect people around you who have a greater risk of experiencing serious flu-related complications. It's already been used in Australia, because they're on a different season.

According to the most recent weekly flu report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Arkansas reported widespread activity.

The flu vaccine includes protection for both viral strains.




Many of those cases are people who did get the flu vaccine, though.

"The manufacturer has provided Trivalent influenza vaccine for infants 6 months - 35 months to cover the gap not met by the current stock of Quadrivalent Influenza vaccine approved for persons 3 years of age and older". In other words, receiving the shot will not guarantee you have a flu-free season.

Four states experienced high flu activity (Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Texas), while five states (Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, and Kentucky) experienced moderate activity.

Flu shots are available on the ground floor of Hamilton Health Centre between 8.30am and 11.30am and on Wednesdays only between 2pm and 4pm. Individuals with weak immune systems and healthy individuals are equally likely to catch the flu virus.

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And clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu. Additionally, a map from the CDC shows that there is widespread flu activity in 23 states across the country. With the holidays in full swing, and families traveling and getting together, that is expected to get worse.

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