Health directors recommend flu shots

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Davis said the latest count showed 98 cases of influenza A and 28 cases of influenza B reported to the health center by Western Missouri Medical Center, Whiteman Air Force Base and area pediatricians and physicians.

Dr. David Kirschke of Tennessee's Northeast Regional Health Office sard that this year's vaccine is a good match for the strains he's seeing.

Bieluch specializes in infectious diseases at the Hospital of Central Connecticut.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducts studies each year to determine how well the flu vaccine protects against flu illness. Overall, she said, "predicting is really tricky". The nasal spray vaccine is not recommended this year, the release stated. "Now, as far as how effective they are at fighting those viruses, it's yet to be seen". To date, a total of 3,195 flu cases have been reported this season.

"We still definitely recommend people get vaccinated if they've not already been vaccinated", Kirschke said.

Around this time in 2016, 54 people were in the hospital with the flu. The flu season typically lasts from October through May, but officials say there's been an increase in cases earlier than normal and the uptick is expected to continue for several months.

"The virus strains that are going around now, we do have a good match in the vaccine", Howard told News 9.

Warnings of a particularly nasty flu season started in the Southern Hemisphere, where US officials often turn for early indicators of the severity of winter sickness.

"We fail to appreciate the history of viral outbreaks from the 1800s and the 1900s, when tens of thousands of people were killed worldwide due to influenza", he said.

Avoid close contact with sick people.

But with H3N2 raging this year, another common-sense tactic may prove just as worthwhile, if not more so.

Wash your hands often with soap and water. "Bury your face in your elbow".

Lamont said the flu cases were seen as early as September, but confirmed cases have skyrocketed every day over the past 10 days.

Flu (influenza) shares some symptoms with a cold, such as a runny nose or sore throat, but may also be accompanied by a fever, muscle aches, watery eyes, warm skin, a dry cough and headaches. "But this year, all indications are that we are seeing more flu earlier in the year, and we anticipate more cases".

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