Flu cases keep rising in NY state, hospitalizations down

Free flu shots extended in Louisiana

As the flu season brings record-breaking numbers of hospitalizations and deaths across the state, the Cleveland County Health Department is offering flu shots at no cost to recipients.

H3N2 strain most common: The vast majority of flu specimens analyzed by the state tested positive for influenza type A (H3N2).

State Health officials are saying that this year's flu vaccine is about 36 percent effective.

Nationwide, toward the end of January, roughly 1 in 15 doctor visits were for symptoms of the flu.

Health Department spokesperson, Tony Sellars, says Oklahomans still need to get vaccinated.

Kentucky's flu season just keeps getting worse.

"Overall, the data is showing what you would expect during a dominant year", Swift said. By Monday, he said, the absentee rate had increased to 15 percent, and it increased even further on Tuesday, Feb. 6, to an absentee rate of almost 20 percent.

The Cleveland County Health Department has high-dose vaccine for senior citizens that may not be available from health care providers.

"Washington's health officials want everyone to know it isn't too late to get a flu shot since flu activity is still expected to be high for several more weeks", according to a press release from the DOH. In the most recent CDC report for the last week of January, 10 percent of all deaths in the USA were in relation to the flu.

That's why she and others are urging everyone who still hasn't gotten a flu shot to get one now.

"What that means is you get the flu shot, you're not guaranteed not to get it". Insurance companies will be billed, and vaccines will be free to those who are uninsured. It is also recommended along with the shot to continually wash hands and cover your mouth when sneezing or coughing. "The flu virus is so easily transmittable, and that's why it's so important to stay home if you're sick".

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