Health officials encourage vaccination as peak of flu season begins

Health officials encourage vaccination as peak of flu season begins

Health officials encourage vaccination as peak of flu season begins

Flu activity typically peaks in the United States between December and February.

Data from the CDC's interactive flu-tracking site show cases of people falling ill with "influenza-like illnesses" (ILI) are more widespread than in previous years.

However, doctors insist we can not underestimate the importance of "herd immunity", and that the shot may be more effective as lessening illness in those who do get sick.

The flu shot protects against influenza - a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes death.

Flu season appears to be kicking into high gear, and Yakima health officials are reminding the community that it's not too late to get a flu shot. Thank you for protecting my loved ones and yours by getting the flu shot!

"Influenza is starting to transmit more frequently", said Shahab, the province's chief medical health officer.

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This year's flu shot serum is predominately made to fight three specific flu strains: H1N1, H3N2 (commonly known as "Hong Kong Flu") and the B-Strain Brisbane Virus.

If feeling unwell, public health advises people to stay home and rest.

Michael Wiese, an epidemiologist for the Department of Health in Hillsborough County, said while flu seasons can be hard to predict, this year's strain could be concerning.

"If folks have not gotten vaccinated, getting vaccinated is your best protection against the flu", Bolduc said.

The flu season is declared under-way once we have reached an above-average number of people with influenza symptoms (i.e. more than 2.2 percent of people).

"So it's possible that we never really saw a complete end to last year's flu season and we're just picking up where we left off, " she said.

It's one of many reasons Orlando resident Jan Ador said she got her flu shot.

INFLUENZA - often abbreviated to flu - is a highly contagious virus that strikes down millions of Brits each year. The same vaccine is being used in the United States.

MedExpress Urgent Care, which has 19 offices in Virginia, including one in Marion and another in Bluefield, Va., reported "seeing higher-than-usual rates of flu-like illnesses, especially in Virginia". The flu vaccine can not give you the flu.

“According to the CDC, it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against influenza virus infection to fully develop in the body, so its best to get vaccinated early, ” said PHD spokeswoman Melanie Collett.

"That's when people get together in small spaces sharing germs, ' Hall said".

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