Time to get a flu shot

Time to get a flu shot

Ghana will today [Friday] take delivery of the anti-viral agents Tamiflu from the World Health Organization, as part of measures to combat the threat posed by the 2009 H1N1 strain of influenza, also known as swine flu.

The number of confirmed flu cases in New York State by week for the last four flu seasons (including the current one). "So if you need to be out and about running errands and meeting up with friends and family, it's wise to protect yourself-and them-as best you can".

That strain caused some of the most severe illnesses and deaths in the Southern Hemisphere during their flu season this year, particularly in older populations.

The flu is already wreaking havoc on some Oklahoma communities this season.

Highest estimated numbers of deaths in the western Pacific and Southeast Asia reflect large populations and are both thought to play key roles in global flu virus circulation, she said.

"The flu is here and it's out there", says Dr.

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Since November 1, SSM Health in St. Louis reports its hospitals and outpatient centers saw 193 positive influenza tests among patients, with approximately one-third of those cases occurring from November 26 through December 2.

"Flu is increasing. We're seeing a pretty steep increase in influenza activity across the U.S. but especially in the South", said Brendan Flannery, a co-author of the new report and an epidemiologist in the CDC's flu division.

A flu vaccine in a typical year is between 40 and 60 percent effective. The state is also seeing regional flu activity. "Statistical modeling with those results was used to generate an estimate of the number of flu-associated respiratory deaths for 185 countries across the world", according to the official press release. So mention this to your doctor when you go for your vaccine! Because while the influenza may be at best uncomfortable for some people, it is deadly for some. Seniors can get a special vaccine designed for people 65 and older. But many pharmacies now offer them, too.

When certain people get sick, they are at high risk of developing serious flu-related complications, such as pneumonia or bronchitis.

Additional informational outreach has included a recorded radio program about flu symptoms and vaccinations, a Lunch and Learn event conducted by infectious disease physician Dr. Andrew Murry, information about the flu shared during the Fairfield County Fair and information sharing via social media.

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