Not too late for flu shots

Flu shots are always a good option to avoid the flu

The study demonstrated that full flu vaccination offers statistically significant protection in three of the four flu seasons.

"This is a season that has a lot more steam than we thought", the CDC's Dr. Dan Jernigan said, via CBS News. "It is one of the best ways to protect yourself".

"Some seasons are definitely worse than others", said Rita Moore, supervisor of the infection prevention department at Shore Medical Center in Somers Point.

Health officials across the state are urging residents to get a flu shot if they have not yet done so following a "drastic rise" in the number of influenza cases in the past week.

The flu is now widespread in every state except Hawaii and it has claimed the lives of at least 20 children, according to the CDC's latest report.

"It's not too late to get a flu vaccine - as long as flu is spreading vaccination should continue", the CDC's Kristen Nordlund told weather.com.

Muscle aches, chills, headache and congestion are mostly harmless separately, but they come together to form the illness commonly known as the flu, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

This year, a strong flu strain called H3N2 is dominant and already spreading to all USA states except for Hawaii, UC Berkeley said in a statement.

The flu shot is 30 percent effective against preventing the most common strain of the virus, H3N2, that is dubbed the "Aussie flu" and responsible for the devastating 2014 flu season.

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Schaffner and other public health experts had feared these reports would stop, based on an earlier version of the contingency plan, which said that a shutdown would leave the CDC "unable to support the annual seasonal influenza program".

Get a flu shot.

While children and people over 65 are most vulnerable, the flu can have complications or be fatal to people of all ages.

A fever is one of the symptoms of the flu.

Most people diagnosed with the flu will recover without any lasting problems, instead, they just won't feel their best.

Sticking to a healthy diet can boost the immune system and help ward off illness, said Salisbury.

As Cal Poly students are returning to San Luis Obispo for their winter quarter, the campus health center is also anticipating higher than usual flu cases. He just wants the public to know they are still doing what they can to fight the flu outbreak. In California, one of the states with the highest number of cases, some hospitals are treating patients in "surge tents", medically equipped tents that hospitals use during natural disasters. There were 50 patients during that same time period in January 2017.

Doctors and pharmacies all over the Bay area are still offering flu shots. This includes taking everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs such as avoiding close contact with people who are sick, if sick limiting contact with others as much as possible, covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and frequently washing your hands.

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