Protect yourself from the chill: Seasonal flu can be fatal

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That is good news, because H3N2 is included in this year's flu vaccine.

In the United States last season, overall vaccine effectiveness against all circulating flu viruses was 39 percent and the effectiveness was only a bit lower, 32 percent, against H3N2 viruses.

He predicts the peak of flu season will hit sometime between late December and early March 2018. Burstein says the big concern isn't those who will get the flu and be miserable for a few days.

That strain caused some of the most severe illnesses and deaths in the Southern Hemisphere during their flu season this year, particularly in older populations.

Flu vaccination can also come in the form of a live-flu mist, but the CDC is not recommending that anyone get that this year because it's been less effective than the shot in recent years.

"Anything that you can do to help prevent your family from getting the flu is very beneficial", said Altmann, who was not involved in the CDC research.

"We're seeing a pretty steep increase in influenza activity across the USA but especially in the south", co-author Brendan Flannery, an epidemiologist in the CDC's flu division, told CNN.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that flu results in between 9.2 million and 35.6 million illnesses, between 140,000 and 710,000 hospitalizations, and between 12,000 and 56,000 deaths annually in the U.S.

Abilene pharmacist James McCoy said he hasn't seen a large number of people coming in with flu so far, but he similarly advocated shots for those who haven't had them. Common symptoms include cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, fever and chills, muscle and body aches, headaches and fatigue.

Free flu vaccines are available for uninsured Sedgwick County adult residents while the vaccination is in stock.

Persons with chronic health problems that are at risk of complications from the flu, e.g. diabetics, asthmatics and those with heart disease. "Most insurances are paying for flu shots, so it's really not a cost to you".

According to Hastings and Prince Edward Public Health, seasonal influenza, "the flu", has arrived with lab confirmed cases of Influenza A in local long-term care homes, as well as within the community.

Over the last three seasons, there have been 19 pediatric influenza deaths in NY and an average of 11,183 influenza-related hospitalizations each season.

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