Published: Thu, December 28, 2017
Health Care | By Alberto Manning

We Could Be In For A Nasty Flu Season — CDC

We Could Be In For A Nasty Flu Season — CDC

The number of states reporting widespread flu activity has almost doubled this week, just 1 indicator of an intensifying flu season.

The 12 states with widespread activity are Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

This season, however, the new report suggests that Australia may not end up being such a flu harbinger.

During the 2016-17 flu season, the number of cases in Mohave County spiked from December 18 to December 31, 2016.

Flu vaccines are available at doctors' offices and pharmacies.

People more than 65 years old had the most reported cases of flu during the 2016-17 season, representing 33 percent.

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Infants should receive two doses of the vaccine at least six months apart, the agency said, adding that children born a year ago or earlier who have received one shot of the vaccine can receive a second shot before they enter elementary school. "And our flu numbers are very much mirroring that pattern". The prescription drug Tamiflu can reduce symptoms and shorten the duration of your illness, but the effectiveness diminishes if treatment is not started within the first 48 hours.

But it still isn't too late to get a flu vaccine for this season.

Other suggestions for staying healthy include frequent hand-washing, using hand sanitizers, staying away from sick people, avoiding touching the eyes, nose or mouth, and cleaning commonly touched surfaces. "We'd like to have everybody get their flu shots by now to help curb that".

After receiving the vaccination it takes two weeks to become effective, making time imperative to avoiding influenza. Health notwithstanding, healthcare professionals generally recommend the vaccine because of exposure - to friends, family, co-workers - that can lead to infection. Kentuckians are advised to call before arriving for a vaccination.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends flu shots annually for everyone at least 6 months old. The weekly report is now available online athttp://chfs.ky.gov/dph/epi/Influenza.htm and is updated each Friday before noon.

While over-the-counter medications are certainly the most popular and hassle free way of battling that pesky flu virus, the flu vaccine is also an option that many opt for during this susceptible time.

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