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Flu season expected to be severe this year

Flu season expected to be severe this year

"So typically there's no cost to the vaccine", she said. For more information on influenza or the availability of flu vaccine, Kentuckians should contact their primary care medical professional, local health department or local pharmacy.

"We've distributed a ton of flu vaccine this year and the demand from pharmacists and physicians has been very high", Hoyano said.

Adequate supplies of flu vaccine are expected to be available for this year's season.

The CDC categorized last year's flu season as moderately severe, but Campbell County was hit particularly hard, reporting 935 cases, the most of any county in the state.

Hoyano said people should try to make the time for a shot, despite this being a busy time of year.

For Calgary's Laura Hampton, any protection against the flu is good protection when it comes to her one-year-old son Jack.




As a result, hospitals are getting ready for a major increase in flu cases during the holiday season.

The vaccination program ended a couple of weeks ago, and in addition to adults getting their shots, 1,890 Campbell County students also received a flu shot, said Nachelle McGrath, Campbell County Healthcare Foundation executive director.

Each year in Canada, influenza leads to more than 12,000 hospitalizations and kills 3,500 people. Those at risk for the flu include elders older than 65 and children younger than 5.

Number of times each month during which the flu season peaked from 1982 to 2016.

'Reports from Australia have caused mounting concern, with record-high numbers of laboratory-confirmed influenza notifications and outbreaks and higher-than-average numbers of hospitalizations and deaths, ' the group of infectious disease doctors noted in the study.


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