Is it too late to get a flu shot?

Is it too late to get a flu shot?

In Clark County, the flu killed at least 14 people last season.

Hafiz said the flu shot does not cause an illness.

But the state's Department of Health says activity was increasing last month; already nine lab-confirmed flu deaths have been reported this flu season, including one in Thurston County.

The 2018 epidemic overwhelmed many emergency rooms and urgent-care clinics, leading health-care providers to devise some innovative strategies for dealing with the flu.

Canada-wide, 414 children have been hospitalized with the flu, the vast majority the H1N1 strain of influenza A, which tends to hit children hardest.

Symptoms of the flu include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches and headache.

Last year, the vaccine was about 40 percent effective, the U.S. CDC said, while it was 48 percent effective in 2016-17 and 59 percent effective in 2015-16.

This time previous year, there was a strong flu strain, forcing hospital facilities to impose strict visiting restrictions which remained in place ever since.

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Flu vaccine for adults 19 years and older is $30, with High-Dose flu vaccine for adults 65 years and older $50. While the medical professionals are treating some influenza B, the strain of the virus physicians are seeing most is influenza A. The single best way to protect yourself against the flu is to get vaccinated.

Spencer Durham, an infectious disease expert in the Harrison School of Pharmacy at Auburn University, urges everyone to get vaccinated as we enter the peak of flu season. This was mostly among children ages 0-4 years old.

There are tests that can confirm whether a patient has the flu or not but for the most part doctors will diagnose patients based on their symptoms. "This year's vaccine is a good match for circulating strains and it is not too late to get the vaccine".

The H1N1 flu strain, commonly known as swine flu, is spreading throughout Georgia.

It can take a few days to about a week or two for flu symptoms to clear up but there are some more serious risks associated with the flu.

- Stay home when you are ill-especially do not visit the hospital if you have flu-like symptoms.

The CDC recommends annual influenza vaccinations for everyone age 6 months or older. "Even though you may have never had the flu, you're a healthy individual, really by getting it, you're protecting others".

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