Flu Season is Coming, Are You Ready?

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The Alabama Department of Public Health reports Mobile County has not yet reported an above average number of flu cases. This year's flu arrival is "eerily similar" to last year, said Dr.

Starting out 2017, Pennsylvania peaked at almost 8,000 cases in the state.

Twenty-five of the confirmed cases in DE stem from the influenza A (H3N2) strain, which officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say has so far been the predominant virus in the USA this season.

"Through our hospital system we've had 256 patients with the flu", Dr. Rodgers said.

According to the Indiana State Department of Health weekly report released on December 21, there is widespread flu activity.

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Myth: There's no point in getting a flu shot if it's later in the flu season.

Reliable statistics on the health impacts of flu are hard to come by because the disease is not always reported to authorities. "And boom ... three days later, you get the flu".

The flu vaccine includes protection for both viral strains.

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"Even though it's best to get vaccinated as soon as the flu vaccine is available, getting the vaccine later can still be helpful", Miller stated.

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On Rebecca Brumfield WTWO (Facebook page) we created a poll to ask you at home how you're feeling. People without medical insurance can go to a county public health center to get vaccinated. Influenza-like illness is widespread across the state.

While the flu vaccine is most often administered from September to mid-November, it is not too late for people who have not yet gotten vaccinated to do so.

One of the most convenient options employers have in preventing the flu is on-site clinics. However, those in high-risk groups like the elderly or the very very young might need to see the doctor and a prescription.

"Last year was a very bad flu season for us, and it seemed to accelerate over the holidays", Bergen said.

While over-the-counter medications are certainly the most popular and hassle free way of battling that pesky flu virus, the flu vaccine is also an option that many opt for during this susceptible time.

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