Although the flu is not something most healthy Americans go around worrying about, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning that this year's flu season could be a brutal one. All three had underlying health issues. Perry County is reported to have more than 50 cases.
"The U.S., nearly alone in the Northern Hemisphere, had a very bad flu season related to the H3N2", said Dr. Arnold Monto, a world-renown flu expert at the University of MI.
As cases of the flu continue to increase in Florida, many people are left wondering if they have the cold or the flu. During the previous flu season, 185 pediatric flu patients died, which is the highest the agency has ever recorded. Getting your kids their flu shot is the best way to protect them and prevent deaths from the complications of flu, she said. "This is an unfortunate and solemn reminder that the flu can be deadly".
Getting a flu shot should be at the top of the list for those at high risk for flu, including the elderly and people with heart disease or lung disease and pregnant women.
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Developing on the health beat: The flu is ramping up in MI. Residents should also remember that it takes about two weeks for the flu shot to take full effect. In addition to shortening symptoms, Monto said, it appears it may reduce your ability to transmit the flu to others. When tissues are not readily available, cough into your sleeve, not your hands. This is due to a higher-than-normal number of employees calling in sick, school closures, and the general loss of productivity from secondary flu effects.
Infection with the flu virus can cause fever, headache, cough, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing and body aches. For more information on influenza or the availability of flu vaccine, Kentuckians should contact their primary care medical provider or local health department. But two people in Wisconsin have died from the flu this season.
The CDC urges everyone six months of age and older to get a seasonal flu vaccine.
The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated. Walk-ins welcome on Thursdays only from 9:00 a.m.to 11:00 a.m. The relay operator types the hearing person's spoken words back to the TTY user.