Peak flu season after the holidays


Twenty-three percent of flu cases were among people 19 to 49 years old. Those over the age of 65 years will receive the seasonal flu vaccine free of charge. The good news here is you can still benefit from the flu shot, and possibly have less severe symptoms and overall case even if you do contract a different strain of the flu given the immunisation protections gotten through the shot.

Hepatitis A is usually contracted from contaminated food and water or direct exposure to people who are infected, he said.

Most people will recover from the flu in a few days to less than two weeks.

This year the flu has reached every state in the country and has reached what is considered epidemic proportions in seven of the 10 regions of the USA, a flu specialist with the CDC told WebMD. Representatives of Public Health, Delta and Menominee Counties (PHDM) and OSF HealthCare St. Francis Hospital and Medical Group shared information on the flu - and on steps people can take to limit its spread.

Increased flu activity began earlier this season than usual in Kentucky.

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The flu can be easily transmitted from your hands - "It's critically important" to avoid touching your mouth, nose, eyes or face after potential contact with the virus.

Experts say it's still going to get worse. The vaccine is made with a dead or weakened form of the flu virus, which can't give you influenza given the stunted amounts within the shot. "For this reason, it's very important that we closely monitor the evolution of the H3N2 flu viruses throughout the 2018 United States flu season". A recent report published in the open access publishing platform F1000Research, however, indicates that the flu vaccine may end up being more effective for the Northern Hemisphere's 2017-2018 flu season than it was in Australia, where the vaccine's effectiveness was only 10% for the season.

Getting the flu is clearly more than an inconvenience.

The vaccine only reduces the possibility of getting the flu; it does not rule out the chance of contracting it entirely. "That generally differentiates from a flu to a cold". Individuals with weak immune systems and healthy individuals are equally likely to catch the flu virus.

And clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu. In short, prevention is always better than cure; the best defense against the flu is to get an annual flu shot.