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Flu Season Is Worsening — CDC

Flu Season Is Worsening — CDC

Is it too late to get the flu shot?

"It's just ramping up now", Martin said. The flu, short for influenza, is a respiratory disease caused by the influenza virus.

Common flu symptoms include high fever, muscle pain, fatigue, coughing and sneezing, nasal congestion, headache and loss of appetite. "But, so far it's been fairly mild for influenza". Getting the flu vaccine is proved to be the best way to prevention from the flu. It's recommended that everyone ages 6 months and older get a flu vaccine every year. "So, if there are any folks out there who have not yet had the vaccine, now would be the time to get vaccinated because this virus is going to be out there circulating for several months and there's still time to be protected".

With flu season in full swing and students back in the classroom, the chances of contracting influenza are high, according to health experts.

Which is why Lesinger says you should always get your flu shot.

That was witnessed during the 2014-2015 flu season when there were 4,307 hospitalizations, 706 school outbreaks, 192 long-term care facility outbreaks and 10 pediatric deaths, including Shannon Zwanziger, an Owatonna teen who died on December 9, 2014, due to complications from influenza.

"It takes about two weeks for the vaccine to get ramped up to protect someone, so the person can still get infected during the two weeks", Douglas said. "There was nothing special about Shannon". Also, vaccination during pregnancy helps to protect the child against flu while they can not be administered the vaccine.

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"Things will never be right", Gwen Zwanziger said.

"It's something that's preventable", Nesheiwat said. "I can't emphasis that enough".

The flu jab being used has been confirmed as a good match for influenza A (H3), the strain now circulating in the community.

"That was nice to see", she said.

Executive director of nursing Ruth Walker said: "It's disappointing that we still have some areas within the UHB where uptake of the flu jab is low". Depending on the severity of one's condition, antiviral drugs can be used to treat the flu. "If you become ill it's because you may have the virus in you already".

The best way to prevent contracting the flu is to receive a vaccination every year and to stay away from those who are sick, to cover your mouth and sneezes, and to wash your hands frequently.

According to Georgia DPH, the individual was an elderly adult.


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