Healthy Living: CDC says flu cases this year are double; get vaccinated

A sign telling customers that they can get a flu shot in a Walgreen store is seen in Indianapolis

A sign telling customers that they can get a flu shot in a Walgreen store is seen in Indianapolis

Doctors add that even if the vaccine is only 10% effective, it's still important to get one.

The paper says the implications for the Northern Hemisphere are not clear but states that since most of the USA influenza-vaccine supply is now produced in eggs and the composition of the 2017-2018 Northern Hemisphere vaccine is identical to that used in Australia, it is possible that we will experience low vaccine effectiveness against influenza A (H3N2) viruses and a relatively severe influenza season if they predominate.

However, the problem with flu is that the virus constantly changes.

It is impossible to contract a case of flu from the vaccine.

"The number of (flu) notifications reached 215,280 by mid-October, far exceeding the 59,022 cases reported during the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic, according to the Australian Government Department of Health", researchers said. Said Patsy Kelso with the Vermont Department of Health. "And at the end of the day, to know that we might be able to protect the most vulnerable around us with a universal influenza vaccine - that's a reason to get excited about science".

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Since September, there have been 28 flu associated hospitalizations in Montana.

Ninety percent of US states report some type of local, regional or widespread flu activity, the Chicago Tribune reported, citing the CDC. "That's the universal flu project".

Right now flu numbers are down in Western, New York.

Flu is a contagious respiratory illness that is spread mainly through droplets in the air when people cough, sneeze or talk.

Reported cases of influenza and flulike illnesses in Brazos County are about double the number seen this time previous year, but that might not necessarily spell a bad flu season.

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Health officials warn of bad flu season this year, but still recommend the flu shot.

"Dr. Crowe and his team are experts in figuring out which antibodies are important, making them in bulk, determining their biology, and then evaluating their effectiveness in animal models of infection", Creech said. As the season continues the state could have more flu-related fatalities. Somewhere between 20,000-35,000 may die from the flu in this country. Use a paper towel to open the door.

"People from those areas are getting ready to travel for the winter holidays, and they'll bring flu with them", Mills said.

Louisiana and MS are in the red, signaling a hotbed of flu activity here locally.

Both deceased residents were over the age of 65.

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