Early indications suggest harsh flu season in US

UL Hospitals urges at-risk groups to get flu vaccine

UL Hospitals urges at-risk groups to get flu vaccine

"Even healthy people get seriously ill from flu every year, but people who are very young, the elderly, pregnant women and people with certain underlying health problems are at high risk of serious flu complications". In the 2016-17 flu season, which was described as a "moderate", more than 600,000 were hospitalized due to complications from the flu, said Jernigan.

Currently, the flu vaccine protects against pandemic H1N1, influenza A H3N2and influenza B strains. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone six months of age and older receive the vaccine each each.

Nothing is ever a sure bet with influenza, but experts warn that sometimes the United States gets in its flu season what Australia got in its flu season, which is just coming to an end.

A person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it. There is no live flu virus in flu shots.

The flu vaccine can not cause the flu, because the injection contains an inactive virus or no virus at all. "CDC recommends everyone 6 months of age and older get vaccinated annually".

"The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is warning residents that the flu season appears to have arrived early this year, with this first influenza-related death of the season and early reports of flu activity from other parts of the state", said the state's influenza surveillance coordinator Leslie Tengelsen, PhD, DVM, in a recent press release.

"Influenza is an unpredictable infectious disease", said Dr. William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

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Muscat: Though the number of Influenza cases has dropped by nearly a quarter, compared with 2016, the Ministry of Health (MoH) has warned residents to be vigilant as flu season approaches.

An 86-year-old San Diego man who had not been vaccinated died on October 1.

The temperatures are dropping and if you haven't gotten your flu shot, now is the time.

The FDA approved vaccines are created to offer extra protection beyond the standard flu shot.

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