Flu-related deaths in California are higher than usual so far this season and most victims were not vaccinated, state health officials said Tuesday in urging residents to get flu shots. "Flu activity is increasing throughout our area".
Maryland is among 26 states with high levels of the flu, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Australia, that USA general health authorities follow closely in their flu calling in a part as its own winter months is our summertime, reported a record-high variety of confirmed flu cases in 2017.
The proportion of people seeing their health care provider for influenza-like illness increased from 4.9 to 5.8 percent.
The CDC also addressed reports that the flu vaccine is only 10 percent effective.
Forty-six states have seen widespread flu, and 13 children have died from complications of the virus since October. Symptoms of flu include fever, chills, body aches, and a cough or sore throat.
In the United States, the vaccine's overall effectiveness was 39 percent last flu season, which the CDC says is a better indicator of the effectiveness this year than the Australian estimate.
They're recommended for everyone age 6 months and older and are available at pharmacies, doctor's offices and the health district.
Wash your hands often with soap and water. The vaccine is created to protect against four different flu viruses; two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses.
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Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by tiny droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk.
In Clay County, at the CareSpot in Middleburg, the staff says the cold weather hasn't help with the spread of flu.
If you get the flu, antiviral drugs may be a treatment option.
Dr Iley said: "Having the flu jab may give you some protection against the altered strain".
2018 marks the 100 year anniversary of the 1918 influenza pandemic which killed an estimated 20 to 50 million people. But during this time it's best to try and avoid contact with people.
Solano County Health and Social Services will provide free influenza vaccines from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. January 27 at the Kroc Center at 586 E. Wigeon Way, Suisun City.
"If you are concerned, ring your GP and talk to a nurse, and if you feel you need further care, your doctor will see you".
Those with milder cases may wish to call their own primary care provider, or simply stay home, rest, drink plenty of fluids, and possibly combine some homemade chicken soup with over-the-counter remedies to treat symptoms, state and local health officials said.