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Flu-related deaths climb to 46 across Alberta

Flu-related deaths climb to 46 across Alberta

More than 1,600 people have been hospitalized in the state with laboratory-confirmed influenza. "It's not possible to say precisely when this flu season will peak or end or how severe it will be".

Flu vaccines are recommended by the DPH for anyone older than six months, as flu activity has reportedly increased locally and across the nation.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified the H3N2 strain of influenza A as the predominant strain affecting thousands from coast to coast.

Influenza cases on the IL side of the state line are continuing to rise as Rockford's three hospitals are under restricted visitation.

As for getting a bad reaction to the flu shot?

Influenza A viruses have been the most common flu viruses circulating this season, according to the CDC.

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So why doesn't the flu shot work? "And you can also do basic things to prevent getting sick". Choose a product with at least 60 percent alcohol.

Flu shot sign in the lobby of Schodack Internal Medicine and Pediatrics on Friday morning, September 8, 2017, in Schodack, N.Y. Dr. Karen Landers, pediatrician with ADPH, states, "While much of the information for antiviral use has been for high risk patients, antiviral medication can be prescribed early in the course of the illness in otherwise healthy persons as determined by the clinical judgment of the healthcare provider".

Ballard said that the flu season typically runs until late spring so there is still time to get vaccinated. But those more likely to experience potentially risky complications from flu include: children under 5; adults age 65 or older; pregnant women; people with chronic conditions such as heart, lung, kidney, or liver disease, or diabetes; those who have HIV or who are taking immunosuppressant drugs such as prednisone (Deltasone, Prednicot, others and generic) or drugs used in cancer chemotherapy.

"In consideration of the reduced efficacy of this season's flu vaccine and the high number of flu cases, the CDC is encouraging those with flu symptoms to seek out medical care as soon as possible", Resendes said.

CLEAN - Wash your hands often. Kisner adds that those with the flu should cover their mouth when coughing or sneezing. If you do get sick, stay home until you're well again. It doesn't hurt to call your doctor, however, if you're concerned about your illness or your symptoms seem severe.


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