Flu cases on the rise in Montana

It’s not too late to get vaccinated against the flu according to the Mc Lean County Health Department

Editor's note: This year, Australia suffered a record number of flu infections.

The CDC says three out of five people have not been vaccinated this flu season and that two out of three pregnant women have not received a shot this season. And if you get the flu despite getting the vaccination, it's often a milder case.

Government officials contend the viruses in flu shots are killed during the production of a vaccine, which means they can not cause infection.

It happens every year and generally about the same time.

USA map of influenza activity.

This year, after a slow start in October, influenza cases are on the rise in many parts of the country, especially in the South.

"The flu is considered contagious".

The influenza virus is among the most likely to cause significant epidemics in humans.

A press release by MCMC stated that influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death. That means it spreads easily.

Meanwhile, Delaware's Division of Public Health (DPH) reported its first flu death of the season on December 13, 2017.

Clinicians are bracing for a potentially harsh flu season this winter.

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The McLean County Health Department recently shared 10 tips for staying healthy during this cold and flu season. The hospitalization rate was highest for those 65 and older.

Health officials say during the past two flu seasons, Arizona did not reach widespread activity until February.

Right now, the dominant strain is H3N2, but even as we speak, there is concern about other strains globally, such H5N6 and H7N9 which is floating around Asia (China mostly) and any one of these have the potential to create a pandemic.

"The actual vaccine effectiveness was overall about 33 percent", said Wu.

Doctors said there is still time to get your flu shot.

In general, flu vaccinations have an excellent safety record, but their efficacy varies greatly.

While there are many new ideas for designing a universal influenza vaccine, it will take years to develop one. "But the predominant circulating strain was something called H3-N2, and there was only a 10 percent effectiveness they only found in Australia, only Australia, which comprised 55 percent of the circulating strains, not all of them".

Anything you can do to help prevent you and your family from getting the flu is very beneficial.

Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs. "So if you're traveling to another part of the USA where there's a flu outbreak, the close proximity to people will contribute to the virus being transmitted".

Hospital administrators contend that most local health care professionals and numerous national organizations are united in the belief that requiring a vaccine or a mask protects patients not only from the flu but life-threatening complications. Read the original article. It is always better to get vaccinated than not to get vaccinated.

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