Flu season soars in the United States, especially in the South

Expect a Bad Flu Season

Expect a Bad Flu Season

Doctors still want you to get the shot, though. It's the single best way to protect yourselves and your loved ones from the flu this holiday season - and throughout the year. Flu season may be just getting started in New England, she said, but it's already widespread in other parts of the country, including the southeastern region. Making predictions is typically tricky, but this year saw a record-breaking number of cases in Australia, where the vaccine was only about 10 percent effective against a particular strain of the virus that ran rampant. Five children have died, and an additional 566 flu-related hospitalizations have occurred as of November 25.

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.

However, as Dr. Tanya Altmann, a pediatrician and spokeswoman for the American Academy of Pediatrics, pointed out, the flu has potentially serious complications such as pneumonia, bronchitis and sinus and ear infections.

The immunization rate for health care employees is about 90 percent, Francis said, and hospitals require vaccines so patients are protected against the flu. He encourages people age 65 and older to talk with their doctor about getting one of the vaccines created to give older people a better immune response, and therefore, better protection against flu.

More than a quarter of pregnant women reported that medical staff did not recommend or offer a flu shot.

For answers to questions about the flu and the flu vaccine, people can access the CDC website at www.cdc.gov, or contact the Brownwood/Brown County Health Department at 325-646-0554.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Though the accuracy and effectiveness of each year's vaccine varies, this year's seems on track to provide good protection against the Influenza A strains now predominating, health officials say.

"Are doctors who administer the vaccines supposed to earn spiritual merit", she asked, in a sarcastic reference to comments by Premier William Lai (賴清德) in October asking caregivers to look past their low salaries and regard their work as a way to earn spiritual merit.

County health district officials in Reno said Thursday both victims were 80 years old and both were at risk for complications of the flu due to underlying medical conditions. The article's authors also noted that "the vaccine prevented about a third of all illness by all of the types of flu", Flannery said.

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