Flu vaccinations still available; health department urges residents to get vaccinated

Lubbock Impact offering free flu shots on Friday

Lubbock Impact offering free flu shots on Friday

Connolly applauded the efforts of city officials in keeping residents healthy, telling WHAV that Golden Hill elementary has been sanitized, as has the bus the ill child rode in. Connolly said the exact cause of death is pending an autopsy by the medical examiner's office.

Though this percentage is low, it compares favorably to a recent midseason study from Canada that estimated 17 percent effectiveness against the H3N2 strain for that country's flu vaccine. So, too, has President Trump, according to Azar, who said he spoke to the president Wednesday about the continuing flu threat.

New Brunswick Public Health says they noticed people started getting the flu in October when the season normally starts toward the end of December.

"This is a tragic reminder of how serious the flu can be for some people, " said Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH. But this season's dominant strain, known as H3N2 or the "Hong Kong" flu, is especially virulent because it tends to mutate more than other strains, rendering our vaccines less effective.

People who contract the flu can become contagious from one day before becoming sick and up to seven days after.

National influenza activity continues to increase and remains widespread within most of the continental United States. Symptoms can also include body aches, headache, chills, runny nose, and feeling very exhausted.

There are also hand sanitizer stations all over, as well as masks for people to wear. In addition, the proportion of individuals visiting outpatient health care providers for influenza-like illness rose to 7.7%, a level last achieved during the flu pandemic of 2009. It also did a better job of protecting younger people. If symptoms do not improve or worsen rapidly, they should seek medical attention immediately.

"We're urging everybody who hasn't been vaccinated, to rush out and get vaccinated", he said. Vaccine is still available, and there is likely to be flu activity for weeks to come. One of the biggest issues - parents need to keep kids home from school when they're sick.

Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing to help prevent the spread of the flu. The virus is inhaled or transmitted - usually through the fingers - to the mucous membranes of the mouth, nose or eyes, according to the article written by Laura Haynes of the University of CT. That makes sense; having difficulty breathing at a "normal" time can be exacerbated when the flu strikes and lungs are damaged.

What that number means is that if you are vaccinated and you run into a flu virus, you have a 64 percent chance of getting sick.

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