Published: Tue, February 06, 2018
Medical | By Josefina Yates

Health department offering free flu shots in Hampton

Health department offering free flu shots in Hampton

"However, there is a 10 per cent increase in the number of people visiting the (Emergency Department) for respiratory illness", the health unit said. Complications from the flu, according to the CDC, include pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus infections, ear infections, and in some cases, death.

California provides weekly public health epidemic tracking through 72 enrolled " (physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants) located in all 58 California counties. He also claims this condition, in its common state, is not as risky as current influenza.

This study, conducted in Canada, isn't necessarily representative of the entire Northern Hemisphere that's in the thick of flu season (it hits annually during winter in each hemisphere).

This year's flu season is shaping up to become the worst in recent years, causing a record number of hospitalizations across the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As the nation is gripped with a particularly severe and risky flu season, there is a shakeup at the CDC. In the US, said Murti, there have been fewer cases of Influenza B. If you do not decide to seek medical care, stay home to prevent the spread of influenza.

The flu virus has been notably pervasive this year. It hasn't shown any signs of slowing down and more people are expected to be in the hospital. "This year's flu has been an especially severe strain, and we are urging all area residents who have not had a flu vaccine to get one".

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In January, more than 12 percent of all doctor's visits in Kansas - and almost 15 percent in the Wichita area - were made because of the flu. "Despite vaccination being a third as effective compared to prior years, and taking two weeks before it is effective, the CDPH website states it is ".

It takes a couple of weeks for the flu shot to take effect, Cleveland said.

Seasonal flu shots contain three to four strains of flu virus, because there isn't much "cross protection" between strains, Schaffner said. Since hospital patients may have an illness that has compromised their immune system, taking steps to protect them from the flu - such as having visitors wear a mask and wash or disinfect their hands whenever they enter the room - is important.

Martin said people who feel sick should stay home to avoid spreading the flu.

"Unfortunately, once you've had the flu you can still get it again because you could get it from a different strain", she said.

To schedule an appointment for a flu shot at the health department's February 6 clinic, call (585) 243-7290. If you catch the flu in the beginning, chances are you will not feel as bad AND it won't last as long.

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