Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

This Year's Flu Season Gearing Up to Surpass 2016

Receiving the flu shot each season is the best way to prevent infection, as the virus changes from year to year; each season the recommended vaccine is created to protect against circulating viruses. Flu vaccine will protect you from certain strains of influenza but it can not prevent flu caused by other virus strains not covered by the vaccine or illnesses that look like influenza, but are not. The federal Centers for Disease Control recommends an annual shot for most people over the age of 6 months. The seasonal quadrivalent vaccine also includes influenza B vaccine virus, a B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus (Yamagata lineage). If you have a medical condition, such as heart or lung disease, influenza can make it worse. There is no live flu virus in flu shots.

"Now is a great time to get a vaccination", Martin said. In the 2016-17 flu season, which was described as a "moderate", more than 600,000 were hospitalized due to complications from the flu, said Jernigan.

Although the Ouachita County Mass Flu Clinic has already been held, the Ouachita County Health Unit will now hold a flu clinic in area schools beginning Wednesday, according to a news release.

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San Diego County's Health and Human Services Agency announced Wednesday that the number if influenza cases rose sharply as compared to this time previous year.

About 1 million Americans are hospitalized from it each year, while almost 50,000 people die from it each year. Young children, senior citizens, pregnant women and people with chronic illness or compromised immune systems are at high risk of serious flu complications - and if you're carrying the flu around, you can infect others who may not have your resistance, including babies too young to get the vaccine.

Regular hand washing is also an important step to prevent contracting the flu. Since, Oman is a semi-tropical country, seasonal flu viruses appear throughout the year.

"Getting vaccinated is the best protection against flu illness", said CDPH state health officer Karen Smith, MD.

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