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This Year's Flu Season Gearing Up to Surpass 2016

12 October 2017, 03:02 | Randall Craig

Oklahoma's 2017-18 Flu Season Underway

UL Hospitals urges at-risk groups to get flu vaccine

"Even healthy people get seriously ill from flu every year, but people who are very young, the elderly, pregnant women and people with certain underlying health problems are at high risk of serious flu complications".

Vaccines in the United States this season are created to protect against two A strains (H1N1 and H3N2) and up to two B strains (B/Victoria lineage and B/Yamagata lineage), according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The report also states that based on early data from Australia, which is just emerging from its flu season, the influenza vaccine this year may not be effective in combating the virus. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone six-months-old and older get a flu shot.

No, you can't get the flu from the flu shot.

People with allergies to vaccine ingredients can often receive the vaccine safely, if it is given in a doctors office where they can be monitored.

"Now is a great time to get a vaccination", Martin said. The resident, a man over the age of 50 in northern Idaho, died of complications from influenza this month. Those without insurance can go to a county public health center. Seasonal flu is an acute respiratory infection caused by influenza virus.




Influenza (flu) vaccine can reduce your chances of getting influenza, or it can make influenza less severe if you do get it.

Want to find out where the flu shot is available near you?

The County Health and Human Services Agency reported Wednesday the number of influenza cases reported this season is pacing 3-to-1 over last year's numbers.

The temperatures are dropping and if you haven't gotten your flu shot, now is the time.

During flu season, it's always helpful to wash your hands a lot, stay home from work if you're sick, and keep your kids home from school if they're sick to avoid spreading the virus, Martin said.

Flu shots are not flawless, but they are the best protection modern science has against the disease.



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