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Flu season could be rougher than usual this year

Flu season could be rougher than usual this year

The flu is being seen throughout the country and is very active in the South and New England, but it's not too late to get vaccinated, she said.

The CDC also advises people to wash their hands often to prevent spreading flu, and to stay home if they're sick so they won't spread it to others. What You Should Know and Do this Flu Season If You Are 65 Years and Older. We encourage individuals, and especially seniors, to protect themselves this holiday season with an annual flu vaccine so that they can continue doing the things they love with their families. Five children have died, and an additional 566 flu-related hospitalizations have occurred as of November 25.

The Wyoming Department of Health is reporting a growing number of flu cases in the state in recent weeks.

However, as Dr. Tanya Altmann, a pediatrician and spokeswoman for the American Academy of Pediatrics, pointed out, the flu has potentially serious complications such as pneumonia, bronchitis and sinus and ear infections. It's the hallmark of the influenza virus, and now comes word that this year's vaccine may only be 10% effective.

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Between twelve-thousand and fifty-six-thousand deaths each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. He encourages people age 65 and older to talk with their doctor about getting one of the vaccines created to give older people a better immune response, and therefore, better protection against flu.

Every year the experts try to predict which strain of the virus will be going around to make the vaccine.

So if you want more protection than just what the vaccine can offer, Dr. Rumoro says here's some tips worth repeating. But health officials still recommend getting the flu shot, saying it still inoculates against H1N1 and is better than having no protection. The drug works best when taken right when you get sick, so seeing your doctor early is a good move, she said.

"But we can not say we will go on to experience the kind of severe season Australia had, in part because we ourselves had a fairly severe epidemic due to H3N2 in 2016-17", Skowronski said. Other groups who are at high risk include children 5 and younger, pregnant women and those with chronic medical conditions, such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease. As part of the series, Joan Mann also discusses how her adult daughter, Kendra, sadly succumbed to the flu at age 35.


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