Flu season soars in the United States, especially in the South

Early flu season could leave more North Dakotans sick

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is to pause a plan to administer hepatitis A vaccines to children older than 12 months after the legislature's Social Welfare and Environmental Hygiene Committee questioned the plan's effectiveness yesterday.

Other than the vaccine you should also take preventive actions every day to stop the spread of germs like, washing your hands, covering your cough or sneeze and avoiding close contact with people who are sick. Common symptoms include cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, fever and chills, muscle and body aches, headaches and fatigue.

"The difference is the cold is going to last about two weeks and you may not have the achiness that you have a long with the flu", Hubenka said.

And doctors will tell you it's never too late to get the flu shot-and they say not to believe the myths.

Though the accuracy and effectiveness of each year's vaccine varies, this year's seems on track to provide good protection against the Influenza A strains now predominating, health officials say.

Are pregnant women getting "appropriate" care?

The number of influenza-associated hospitalizations reported in individuals in the 65 years and older age group is almost double the average number of cases reported over the past five flu seasons.

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Certain people are at greater risk of serious flu-related complications. "Even if it's not a flawless match, it's very important, not just for yourself, but also to protect those with whom you may come in contact - including babies too young to get vaccinated and people who have weakened immune systems".

And while it may not work well against H3N2, she said it's worth getting the shot for protection against infection with H1N1 and even the B strain (the B/Victoria components may offer cross-protection against B/Yamagata).

Even if you don't have a regular health care provider, the flu vaccine is available in many settings. The Protecting Grandparents from the Flu series features the Miller family and their battle with influenza when daughter, Caroline, almost died from flu complications at the age of five.

Doctors recommend the flu shot over the mist to increase effectiveness. "I believe there is a booster effect, although I can't prove that". Some patients believe they can protect themselves by boosting their immune systems, eating well and making sure they sleep better, she said.

"Because there is a risk, there should be a choice", Smith said.

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