Health department offering free flu shots in Hampton

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports flu is widespread throughout Georgia and more than 300 people have been hospitalized with flu-related illness across the state. "Both of those seasons were seasons where the strain H3N2 was the predominant strain, a strain that's going to be associated with more cases and it's going to be associated with more hospitalizations, and it is associated with more deaths". And the number of cases will likely increase.

So far, influenza A/H3 viruses have been most common this season, however, influenza A/H1 and influenza B are also circulating.

By comparison, there were 166 reported cases (164 Influenza A and two Influenza B), as of January 28, 2017, including 47 hospitalizations and four deaths. You'd have to do the studies that say when did that individual get vaccinated with what type of vaccine.

According to Reddy, the flu vaccine protects you from either three or four strains of the flu.

The situation is being monitored closely, US Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said in a statement. People infected with influenza may have respiratory symptoms without a fever.

The North Georgia Health District says they've been hit extremely hard by the flu epidemic. Almost 50 deaths in the state have been contributed the flu so far this season, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment reports. The severe flu season is on track to be as bad the 2014-15 outbreak that caused an estimated 56,000 deaths, federal health officials said.

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Federal officials don't think the flu has peaked yet, and there may be several more weeks before the risk of flu or serious illness subsides.

There are still a few months left until the end of the flu season and outbreaks have already been reported nationwide. Even though this flu shot is not standing up against this flu virus strain, it is stated that if you have the flu vaccine and do contract the flu, it will not be AS severe as if you hadn't. The easiest thing to do is get the flu shot - it's not too late.

"Good health habits, like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent the flu", Rodriguez said.

"It was absolutely awful", she said.

Visitors exhibiting flu symptoms - including fever, runny nose, cough or sore throat - are not permitted to visit patients in any UM Shore Regional Health facility. And wash them right: scrub your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Whatever the reason, "it's a whopper of a flu season", said Mimi Dreifuss, a North Carolina nurse who got sick this week. It will only spread the illness further. In Kansas, health care providers are not required to notify the state when patients are diagnosed with the flu.

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