Longford people in flu risk group are urged to get vaccinated

Vaccination also is important for health care workers, and other people who live with or care for high risk people to keep from spreading flu to them.

CDC officials say there were 510 confirmed influenza cases through January 5 - down from 768 during the same time period in 2017-2018. You may have a little low-grade fever, little achiness a day or two after getting the flu shot.

The flu spreads "mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk". The website also provides a map of reported flu cases, a vaccine finder and the latest flu news.

But the state's Department of Health says activity was increasing last month; already nine lab-confirmed flu deaths have been reported this flu season, including one in Thurston County.

The child - from Central Jersey - died in late December.

The flu is making its rounds in nearly every state around the country and more people are coming down with the common flu symptoms.

The predominant strain this year is influenza A H1N1, which officials say tends to have less severe symptoms than the predominant strain that circulated last season.

Shahab said this strain first appeared in 2009 and was the dominant strain three years ago. "I'd love to see us get the vaccine rate over 75 percent". After all, cold and flu season occurs when the weather is cold, so there must be a connection, right?

Ottawa Public Health officials warn that flu has not yet peaked and the level of influenza being seen in other parts of Canada could be coming to Ottawa.

The flu season generally runs through the spring. There are two types of TRICARE-authorized providers: Network and Non-Network. for the flu shot if the pharmacy has restrictions or the shot isn't available.

Of course, it's still possible to get the flu even if you've gotten the flu shot, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't get vaccinated.

For nearly everyone. The CDC recommends flu shots for anyone 6 months and older.

Thomas suggested other ways to help prevent contracting the flu is individuals should wash their hands, cover their cough, and if they are ill, they should stay home. People at high risk of flu complications include pregnant women, older adults, young children and people with chronic medical conditions like asthma, cerebral palsy, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis, epilepsy, HIV/AIDS, kidney or liver disease, muscular dystrophy, obesity or sickle cell disease.

  • Joanne Flowers