Flu Is Spreading Fast This Season

HEALTH     Report Flu vaccine may only be 10% effective this year     
       MINNEAPOLIS- Health officials say we could be in for a rough flu season

HEALTH Report Flu vaccine may only be 10% effective this year MINNEAPOLIS- Health officials say we could be in for a rough flu season

Each year, scientists try to determine which strains of the flu will be prevalent.

This year's flu season is off to a fast start and early indications suggest that it may be more severe than the previous season, NBC News reported. They're hoping to fight off a disease that kills thousands every year.

This week is National Influenza Vaccination Week, which is a push for the medical community to encourage everyone who has not received a flu shot yet to get one. Patients can simply stop by during regular hours and request a flu shot.

Health experts say this year's vaccine is only believed to be 10% effective.

In the northern hemisphere, cases tend to ramp up beginning in October and typically peak anywhere from November to March, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to the CDC, on average a flu vaccine is 37 percent effective.

In Australia, it was an intense flu season and the vaccine was not very effective, health officials said. He said this year's vaccine should work.

Other important habits that will help keep the disease from spreading is to wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

"I don't want to risk getting it myself because as far as what I've seen them go through it's a pretty bad deal and I don't want to feel like that, let alone bring it home to my kids or my family", Chamberlin said. Public health departments in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield Counties have flu vaccine for people of all ages, including pediatric and quadrivalent vaccine as well as Fluzone High Dose for people 65 years old and older.

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