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Doctors warn flu season could peak due to travel, parties

Doctors warn flu season could peak due to travel, parties

This year the flu has reached every state in the country and has reached what is considered epidemic proportions in seven of the 10 regions of the USA, a flu specialist with the CDC told WebMD.

There are rising concerns about the flu virus as hospitals and clinics across Arkansas fill up with patients testing positive. However, people with life-threatening allergies to the flu vaccine or its ingredients (which include gelatin, antibiotics, or other ingredients) can not or may require a different strain of the shot. You need to take them very quickly though.

Craighead and White counties are among the top counties reporting flu activity.

Fact: Simply put, a flu shot is the best protection you can get.

This year it is speculated that the vaccine may only be about 10% effective. The most common side effects from the influenza vaccine are soreness, redness, or swelling at the site of the injection and, in some cases, a low-grade fever, headache or muscle ache. There have been 2,976 cases reported throughout the state so far this season.

Many of those cases are people who did get the flu vaccine, though.




And she says it is not too late to get your flu shot, peak flu season has not even hit yet.

Myth: Everyone receives the same type of flu shot.
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Most people will recover from the flu in a few days to less than two weeks. In other words, receiving the shot will not guarantee you have a flu-free season.

Some people thing the flu vaccine can give you the flu but medical practitioners say it can't. Anyone can catch the flu. The shot also does not boost your immune system; if your immune system was already weakened before you were administered the shot, you may still be infected by the virus. Additionally, a map from the CDC shows that there is widespread flu activity in 23 states across the country. With the holidays in full swing, and families traveling and getting together, that is expected to get worse.

Keili Marvel is a pharmacist at Walgreens, Lewes.


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