Flu outbreaks on the rise in the tri-state area

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Six people - including three pre-school age children - have died in hospital from influenza in Saskatchewan since the beginning of September. A sudden influx of patients has caused the hospital to remain at or near capacity most days, and much of that influx is attributed to the rise in confirmed flu cases. You will typically suffer from a cough, fever, sore throat, runny nose, headache, body aches, chills, and fatigue.

It's not too late to get your yearly flu vaccine to possibly avoid getting sick. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the flu has already spread in nearly half of the country, with 19 states reporting high levels of influenza-like illness activity.

In 2009, Ontario was hit with a strain of swine flu commonly known as H1N1. Moreover, they are getting ready for next season with plans in place to purchase double the amount of anti-flu vaccines in autumn 2019, up from 41,000 a year ago to 80,000 for 2019.

Flu season, which began back in October, has officially arrived in Southwest Florida with more than 310 cases confirmed during the week of December 23, according to Lee Health. The flu vaccine can not give persons the flu, but may cause one to develop flu-like symptoms. "H1N1 does tend to affect people who are a bit younger more, and so across the country we have seen more cases of severe illness in younger pediatric populations".

Nationwide, past year about 49 million people in the US came down with influenza. Residents should also remember that it takes about two weeks for the flu shot to take full effect.

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As of January 5, 507,028 doses of flu vaccine had been administered by AHS Public Health and pharmacists in Calgary.

"For children under the age of 2, parents should contact their primary pediatrician". "We can all do our part to keep the flu from spreading".

Monto: After getting the flu shot, washing your hands frequently is one of the best things you can do to avoid getting the flu.

Vaccination is especially important for people who are at high risk of developing serious complications from influenza. Flu Near You is a website that relies on voluntary participation from the general public to help track the flu in real-time. We also work with outpatient departments within the Henry Ford and University of MI health systems to figure out what the vaccine does to prevent people going to the doctor to treat their flu symptoms.

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