Statistics Show Sharp Increase in Flu Activity

Flu Season is Coming Are You Ready

Flu Season is Coming Are You Ready

Raghu Kasetty, MD of OSF St. Francis said the local flu season will presumably get worse before it improves.

The flu can be easily transmitted from your hands - "It's critically important" to avoid touching your mouth, nose, eyes or face after potential contact with the virus.

He says this is a very serious disease that can lead to many different body complications, and in some cases death. "Minister of Health Kim Wilson and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Cheryl Peek-Ball are leading by example and have already been vaccinated", the Department said.

During flu season, Fresno County health officials remind people to get plenty of rest, eat a healthy diet including fruits and vegetables and be physically active each day.

To locate a flu shot clinic near you, visit 2-1-1 Arizona or call 211 within Arizona or toll free 1-877-211-8661 from anywhere. Reports from Australia, where flu season has ended, found the protection to be as low as 10 percent.

23 states are considered to have widespread influenza activity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Last year's numbers are the second highest since 2014.

The CDC says that this year's flu strains are expected to be mostly similar to last year's, when the vaccine was 39% effective (a tad behind recent historical norms).

"The manufacturer has provided Trivalent influenza vaccine for infants 6 months - 35 months to cover the gap not met by the current stock of Quadrivalent Influenza vaccine approved for persons 3 years of age and older".

Also, washing your hands with soap and water or using hand sanitizer, may help to avoid the flu.

The flu shot will make me sick.

Nurse B.K. Morris gives a flu shot to Winifred Quinn during a news event about the flu vaccine September 17, 2015, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. While health officials recommend everyone receive a flu shot, older people, young children, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions are more vulnerable to complications.

"If you start the treatment late, it will not work as well", he said.

- take flu antiviral drugs if prescribed by their doctor.

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