Number of flu sufferers continues rising in Canada

Number of flu sufferers continues rising in Canada

Number of flu sufferers continues rising in Canada

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the flu is now widespread in 46 states, almost four times as many compared with this time previous year.

While this year's vaccine is less effective, experts say you should still get it.

The NC Department of Health and Human Services said the report issued listed four deaths, bringing the total to 26 for this flu season. Officials warn if you have flu-like symptoms you should not visit patients in hospitals or nursing homes. "It's not too late to get vaccinated".

Besides a vaccination, health officials say covering coughs and sneezes, staying home when sick and washing hands frequently will help to prevent the spread of the flu.

The most common flu strain identified in Kentucky is Influenza A, said Dr. Jonathan Ballard, the state epidemiologist. It comes on suddenly and symptoms may include fever, headache, tiredness, cough, sore throat, nasal congestion and body aches.

Once again seniors, children and those with compromised immune systems were the most vulnerable to the flu.

However, since the county confirmed its first flu death, authorities have performed a review of death certificates that goes back to December 10, McDowell said.

Goldman says he is hoping for a peak in flu cases here in the next week or two or three, but says there a couple of things for Pennsylvanians to keep in mind until that break comes.

Health professionals say one reason for the spike in cases may be that year's flu vaccine was not as effective as in other years.

Cases of students with flu-like symptoms were worse between Thanksgiving and Christmas break, a nursing supervisor with the Boise district said.

The free flu shots are available without an appointment.

Though Northwestern University has not yet been heavily affected, the virus' prevalence is expected to increase as we move deeper into flu season.

Safranek recommended people seek a doctor and get a prescription for antibiotics if they get the flu.

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