OR physicians urge flu patients to call first due to overcrowding

"Every year, there are still a number of people that die from flu, and they can be healthy individuals", said Dr. Quan.

The North County health care entity will offer the immunizations at seven community clinic sessions on a first come, first served basis, Palomar Health said.

Since flu season began in October, there have been 529 reported cases in York County.

Chen also says if the symptoms are severe, a person might try a trip to urgent care before the emergency room because it could be faster. Ledford, the county's Public Health Director, stressed that the flu is a serious, contagious disease and is reiterating the importance of getting a vaccine. A Houston doctor said local hospital beds were at capacity, telling flu sufferers they might be better off staying at home.

Officials stress the best line of defense is a flu shot. The city of Roanoake is aiming to get everyone vaccinated, by offering the shot for free at their fire station.

The most recent deaths bring the total number of people killed from flu-related illnesses to 23 in Dallas County. It's able to prompt your immune system to make antibodies against the flu, so it's ready in case you encounter the real the thing.

"With it not working as well, more of our patients are coming in sicker", she said.

Since the beginning of September, the province has recorded just over 1,000 cases of the flu. In addition to this challenge, MDHHS encouraged everyone 6 months of age and older to get the flu vaccine before the holiday season. The most recent statistics that include adults were from the week that ended December 16, when 6.7 percent of deaths reported to the National Center for Health Statistics were attributed to influenza and pneumonia.

In the report Thursday, the department said flu activity is showing a continued increase across the state. Of the 421 students with flu-like illness, 118 of them were confirmed flu cases. "And by the time they go there, they already have secondary complications".

"I learned the hard way to take up the flu jab having been laid low for two weeks before Christmas with nausea, fatigue and aching muscles which has made me determined to be first in the queue next year".

"Even when there is a good match between the influenza strains that circulate and those that are used in the vaccine, there is a difference in its effectiveness", Werker explained.

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