ME had 510 confirmed influenza cases through January 5 - the latest figures available - down from 768 during the same time period in 2017-18.
"We know that viruses spread more easily during peak season for these illnesses, and that some people such as seniors and people of any age with underlying medical conditions are at higher risk for complications", said medical health officer Dr. Rakel Kling in a press release.
"For the current season, the H3N2 strain included in the vaccine has been updated to better match the circulating strain, which will hopefully result in better protection against this strain compared to previous year", Durham said. According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, nearly every county in the state is reporting significant flu activity. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year. Free shots are offered at all health department clinics throughout the state.
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The county will be offering flu shots at the Camden County Aletha Wright Administration Building located at 600 Market St. on the first and third Fridays of the month from 9 a.m.to noon and from 1 p.m.to 4 p.m. Most of the deaths have been in the older population...65 or older.
Last year, we opened 2018 urging those who had not yet received a flu shot to get one. "If symptoms are mild and you want to tough it out at home, that is reasonable too". You can stay healthy this season for those children and elderly individuals in your life who are more at-risk for becoming critically ill if you pass the virus on to them.
"Each year's influenza vaccine contains two strains of influenza A - one H1N1 strain and one H3N2 strain, as well as one or two influenza B strains", says Dr. Warshawsky. You will typically suffer from a cough, fever, sore throat, runny nose, headache, body aches, chills, and fatigue. For more information on how you can get the flu vaccine at no cost, visit Flu Vaccine on the TRICARE website. This season's batch, moreover, is being touted as much more effective than last year's.
Flu stations also have been set up around the hospital, stocked with surgical masks, hand sanitizer, tissues and signs encouraging anyone with flu-like symptoms to wear a mask. "It is a bit unpredictable, which is why it is very important for people to get the flu shot if they haven't got it already".