The local region is no exception. Learn how to protect yourself and family against the spread of the flu virus.
With virtually every state reporting influenza outbreaks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said this season is looking worse than last year's, leaving many wondering what they can do to prevent it from spreading. Every year millions suffer from the flu and thousands die in the U.S. alone, ABC News reported. In the United States, flu viruses are most common during the fall and winter months. The peak flu season is typically December through February, and may continue until May.
Both coasts are getting the brunt of the flu symptoms, with New York City and OR among those reporting the highest levels. When these indicators rise and remain elevated for a number of consecutive weeks, flu season is said to have begun.
Hospitalizations for flu are continuing to increase with the highest rate among the elderly, Brammer said. There are mild side effects of the flu shot - soreness, redness or swelling at the injection site, low-grade fever and aches.
Ideally, everyone from 6 months old and above should receive their flu shot by the end of October.
Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, says that if anyone is late in getting a flu shot he should run to get it done and it is never too late to be vaccinated for the flu.
In a recent gudelines update, the CDC noted that a nasal spray vaccine is not recommended because it is less effective than a shot.
"That is why those who are most vulnerable to the complications of flu need to get vaccinated". A list of available vaccination locations can be found by visiting https://vaccinefinder.org/. The flu, short for influenza, is a respiratory disease caused by the influenza virus.
The best way to prevent contracting the flu is to receive a vaccination every year and to stay away from those who are sick, to cover your mouth and sneezes, and to wash your hands frequently. "People in high-risk categories should contact their GP if they develop flu symptoms".
The pamphlet also includes warning signs of a flu emergency for children and adults.