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Pima County flu cases 7x what they were this time previous year

13 December 2017, 06:06 | Rodolfo Quinn

Pima County flu cases 7x what they were this time previous year

Pima County flu cases 7x what they were this time previous year

"Regardless of how effective a vaccine is, vaccination is the best protection against the flu". "The flu shot is your best defense against getting the flu and that remains to be the case".

Health officials say the United States could have a harsher than usual flu season, and is already showing influenza activity above the national baseline for the first time this season.

Flu season is upon us once again and health officials are encouraging the public to be vigilant and get your flu shot.

That said, doctors believe the fact that Australia had a bad flu season this year likely means the US will, too.

According to a report by the CDC, seven children have died nationwide and more than 850 people have been hospitals. She said that people should go to the doctor as soon as they start to feel ill. If you have flu symptoms, PHD advises you to stay home to prevent spreading the virus to others.

Michael Wiese, an epidemiologist for the Department of Health in Hillsborough County, said while flu seasons can be hard to predict, this year's strain could be concerning.

Deb Roberts, Director of Nursing for Allen County Public Health said hospitalizations are already three times what they were at this time past year.

Pima County flu cases 7x what they were this time previous year
Pima County flu cases 7x what they were this time previous year

While the symptoms remain similar from year to year, strains of the flu virus vary depending on where you live and how much the viruses have changed. The other half of the equation is the public's civic duty to help protect one another by getting the flu vaccination even if you don't think you need it. There were 157 cases this same time previous year.

"Influenza is starting to transmit more frequently", said Shahab, the province's chief medical health officer. "Luckily, most people who get sick with it will do okay".

Thousands of two and three-year-olds in Kent have not been immunised against flu, despite being eligible for a free vaccine.

The latest update from the state's health department says 197 people tested positive for the illness so far this season and "one influenza-associated death in an individual greater than 65 years of age has been reported".

Patel said it also is important to realize that although the "seasonal pattern" for the flu usually is observed as about September through February, there is "no magic bullet" that makes it possible to only catch the flu during winter months. The flu vaccine can not give you the flu.

Flu can be a very unpleasant illness in children causing fever, stuffy nose dry cough, sore throat, aching muscles and joints and extreme tiredness.

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