Flu 'widespread' in Pennsylvania — CDC

Flu 'widespread' in Pennsylvania — CDC

But when it comes to prevention, education is key.

It's that time of year again.

The number of states reporting widespread flu activity has almost doubled this week, just 1 indicator of an intensifying flu season.

We all know the telltale symptoms of the flu - the fever, headache, nausea and fatigue.

"Influenza can be deadly, especially for the elderly and the very young", Thihalolipavan said. The flu can stop anyone in their tracks.

The flu shot will make me sick. Doctors say a flu shot can still help, even if the vaccine this year is a little less effective than in years past.

In the 2014-15 flu season, which resulted in a recent high of 97 fatalities, there were around 600 cases and no fatalities at this point.

McGeer said the flu shot is "much better than nothing", but people are running out of time to get vaccinated.

Many chain drug-store retailers have the flu vaccine available.

There are rising concerns about the flu as Arkansas hospitals and clinics fill up with patients testing positive.

Some people thing the flu vaccine can give you the flu but medical practitioners say it can't. Many health plans cover the cost of the vaccine with no copay.

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The flu vaccine includes protection for both viral strains. The CDC also has a flu vaccine finder. It is important to note that it can not protect you from gastrointestinal strains.

Thihalolipavan urged San Diegans to get flu shots if they haven't already.

During the 2016-17 flu season, the number of cases in Mohave County spiked from December 18 to December 31, 2016. Somewhere between 20-35-thousand may die from the flu in this country.

Concern that there's a link between autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and the vaccine preservative thimerosal has prevented some parents from getting their children vaccinated.

Some myths about the flu linger.

This year, the cell-grown prevention methods are a fairly good match for the common strains of the flu that are circulating. Anyone can have serious flu-related complications and symptoms. Some people never show any signs of flu symptoms but may act as carriers of the virus, infecting their loved ones.

Flu seasons in Toronto have started as early as the end of November and as late as February, but frequently at Christmas, the city has been in the middle of it.

Most people will recover from the flu in a few days to less than two weeks.

Getting a flu shot protects not only the person getting vaccinated, but also his or her coworkers. The flu is a unsafe virus.

Keili Marvel is a pharmacist at Walgreens, Lewes.

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