Health officials: Time to get your flu shot

While early season flu shot coverage is similar to previous years it has dipped this year as we can see from this data published today by the CDC

But healthcare providers say you should still get the flu shot. Also, experts suggest getting the flu shot.

Some people are more vulnerable to serious flu illness, including infants, children, elders and people with certain chronic health issues. Some patients believe they can protect themselves by boosting their immune systems, eating well and making sure they sleep better, she said.

This is National Influenza Vaccination Week (Dec. 3-9), and there is no better time to remind not only older adults, but everyone to get their annual flu vaccine. "And I think you have to speak out, stand your ground and make other nurses feel they can as well".

And doctors will tell you it's never too late to get the flu shot-and they say not to believe the myths.

Flu activity, which has been increasing since the start of November, is now higher than usual for this time of year, according to a report published Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

At the end of its flu season in mid-August, Australia had more than 93,000 laboratory-confirmed cases - nearly 2.5 times the number of infections and double the number of hospitalizations and deaths compared to the previous year, the country's disease surveillance system reported.

Most Oklahoma cases involve those age 50 or older or those four and younger.

Other explanations for Penobscot's numbers include the possibility that there are actually more flu cases in the community or that designated health care providers are being especially avid in reporting their cases.

"We have probably given an excessive 300 flu shots so far and we still have flu shots", Sheila Hubenka, a TB charge nurse with the health district said.

The CDC says that hospitalizations and outpatient visits because of the flu cost people more than $10 billion a year. "Many are hospitalized and some die". Qualifying children and adolescents can receive flu vaccine provided by the Texas Vaccines for Children program.

"We do see a predominance of the H3N2 virus that was common last season", Flannery said. The nasal spray vaccine that has been available in recent years is no longer considered effective and is not available.



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