Not Too Late to Get Flu Vaccine

As flu outbreak numbers rise, the HSE says it's not too late to get your vaccine

Flu activity begins to spike across country

To receive a free flu vaccine, please visit the Metro Health immunization clinics located at 210 N. Mel Waiters Way, from 8 a.m.to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Last year, we had a very high flu season compared to past years.

Pregnant women, children younger than five years old, adults 65 and older, and people with chronic medical conditions, such as heart disease, asthma and diabetes should contact their doctors immediately if they experience flu symptoms.

The child - from Central Jersey - died in late December.

This year's flu season has been rough, with the CDC reporting the flu is widespread in 24 states, with 19 states reporting high levels of flu activity.

While the past flu season was noted it for its higher rate of severe infections-due to the mutated strain being less affected by vaccination strains-clinicians compared it to similarly hard seasons, including the 2014-15 and 2012-13 seasons. "We continue to recommend community members get their flu shot".

It can be hard to predict, but so far it appears the 2018/19 season will peak in late January and early February.

Approximately 399,000 boxes of government-funded antiviral drugs to treat flu have been prepared and are available at 4,326 contracted healthcare facilities across the nation, Lo said, adding that so far the CDC has not detected drug resistance in flu viruses this season.

The policy also urges visitors to wash or sanitize hands frequently while at the hospital to prevent getting the flu or potentially spread any illness.

Banner Health encourages everyone over the age of six months to receive the flu vaccine to protect themselves and others from influenza.

Many people also don't realize how serious the effects can be.

Ottawa Public Health officials warn that flu has not yet peaked and the level of influenza being seen in other parts of Canada could be coming to Ottawa. "We're so used to the flu that we really underestimate it", Morse said. "Prescription flu medicine started early can shorten the duration of symptoms", Dr. Jeffrey Klausner, a professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), told Healthline.

Although most people who get the flu recover within a few days or a couple of weeks, some can develop pneumonia and life-threatening complications.

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