Seven things to know about the 2017-18 flu season

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Still, some infectious disease experts in the USA have noted that, so far, the May-October flu season in Australia has produced more than twice the number of known cases than the previous season, and our flu season is often similar to Australia's.

The Division of Public Health recommends all Delawareans who are at least six month old to get their flu shot. But check with your provider to make sure you don't have to have the shot administered by your doctor or at a specific location in order for it to be free.

Health officials are closely watching what's happening in the southern hemisphere.

No doubt, that made some pregnant woman a little nervous, but the Centers for Disease Control says more research needs to be done and it is sticking with the recommendation that pregnant women get a flu shot. "It is important to be prepared during this flu season, and we are dedicated to supporting our community by providing patients with these essential vaccinations and educating them on additional measures they can take to help reduce their risk of getting the flu". Last year, the first report of hospitalized flu patients did not start until October 24 and peaked in mid-March.

The DPH says there are two main types of influenza virus - types A and B - that routinely spread in people and are responsible for seasonal flu outbreaks each year.

That is more than double the typical number of cases for this time of year.

NMDOH offers vaccinations for people without insurance or who are otherwise not able to get vaccinated.

Even North Carolina First Lady Kristin Cooper joined in with the encouragement, asking residents to be proactive and get their flu vaccination.

According to the DPH, six individuals have been diagnosed with the flu in October. Flu vaccines protect against the three aforementioned viruses which commonly cause disease each year.

To avoid the spread of these germs, Dr. Brahmbhatt added that cleaning your phone daily with a cloth and anti-viral cleanser will help keep you healthy on and off of the toilet. It's recommended that you wash often with soap and water.

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