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This Year's Flu Season Gearing Up to Surpass 2016

This Year's Flu Season Gearing Up to Surpass 2016

The symptoms of Influenza start to show two days after exposure to the virus: a cough, sore throat, runny nose or blockage, body and muscle aches, headaches, tiredness, vomiting and diarrhoea in some people and especially in children. In the 2016-17 flu season, which was described as a "moderate", more than 600,000 were hospitalized due to complications from the flu, said Jernigan. The trivalent influenza vaccine for the 2017-2018 flu season includes an A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1) pdm09-like virus, an A/Hong Kong/4801/2014 (H3N2)-like virus, and a B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus (Victoria lineage).

The CDC recently launched its seasonal flu vaccination campaign, with the director of the agency's Influenza Division Daniel B. Jernigan, MD, MPH, receiving his shot.

So far this season, 221 cases have been reported.

Although the Ouachita County Mass Flu Clinic has already been held, the Ouachita County Health Unit will now hold a flu clinic in area schools beginning Wednesday, according to a news release. Infants, seniors and individuals with chronic heart, lung or endocrine diseases are more likely than others to become seriously ill if infected by the influenza virus and require hospitalization. "Getting vaccinated today will help protect you and your family now and for the rest of the influenza season". The flu can cause severe illness and life-threatening respiratory complications.




People with allergies to vaccine ingredients can often receive the vaccine safely, if it is given in a doctors office where they can be monitored.

About 1 million Americans are hospitalized from it each year, while almost 50,000 people die from it each year. About 5 percent to 20 percent of the USA population gets the flu each year.

Flu shots are not flawless, but they are the best protection modern science has against the disease.

Regular hand washing is also an important step to prevent contracting the flu.


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