Flu Season Far From Over — CDC

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Regarding the deaths of children from the flu, only about 20 percent of those children who died had been vaccinated, according to Dr. Dan Jernigan, director of the CDC's influenza division.

Nearly 12,000 people in the United States have been hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed influenza since the season started, the CDC reported. Sneezing and hacking around this time of year simply becomes background music in many classes.

Flu activity is growing, and the U.S.is experiencing more flu-related hospitalizations this season than ever before.

In many cases, simple home remedies including drinking plenty of water and other clear liquids to prevent dehydration, and resting at home is all you need to recover from the flu.

On Jan. 19, Pakistani officials reported at least 35 people have died from influenza and seasonal flu in the country's east Punjab Province. It's not too late.

The Bridgeport Health Department will be giving out free flu vaccines every Tuesday and Friday through the end of February. Find your nearest health department at http://northcentralhealthdistrict.org/Locations/.

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The student health insurance known as Student Blue covers the flu shot free of charge. Health departments throughout the county report a spike in numbers in the past week. This is "a result of flu hitting everywhere all at once", she said. "We want to make sure that we get all of those kids who did not get a flu shot when we went to the schools".

"The flu virus can get deep in your lungs your immune system responds and you get mucus and fluids and then other bacteria grows and develops and cause pneumonia", said Williams. Washing hands often is the best way to fight the spread of illness in a household. "Even if this is the case, it is still important to visit a provider so you can rule out influenza and learn about over-the-counter as well as self-care options like staying hydrated and resting that will get you back to optimal health as soon as possible".

The flu can have a range of symptoms and effects, from mild to severe and can include sore throat, runny nose, vomiting, and body aches.

Meanwhile, the CDC keeps on suggesting the flu immunization, to keep the flu as well as possibly diminish its seriousness, Schuchat said. Remember, aspirin and aspirin-containing products should not be given to children or adolescents who have flu-like symptoms, unless instructed by a physician to be given for other medical reasons. Adults aged 65 or older had the most hospitalisations, followed by those aged 50 to 64, and children below five. The store is also carrying elderberry, colloidal silver and echinacea - herbal prevention remedies. "It's an H3N2 year", said Fauci.

"That's awful", Mike Couillard, a student at CCSU, said. Because of the high number of deaths, he has been advising customers to seek immediate medical attention if they have flulike symptoms.

In the meantime, the CDC continues to recommend the flu vaccine, not only to prevent the flu but potentially lessen its severity, Schuchat said.

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