Published: Thu, December 28, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

Experts predict a bad flu season for Texas

Experts predict a bad flu season for Texas

At least 10 states, including SC, are seeing high influenza levels already. And everyone wants to hold the baby.

To locate a flu shot clinic near you, visit 2-1-1 Arizona or call 211 within Arizona or toll free 1-877-211-8661 from anywhere.

A spike in flu cases during the holidays is not unusual.

Separately, the agency said the number of flu-like illness cases increased 16 percent last week, with a total of 77,444 cases reported nationwide and 14 cases of serious flu complications confirmed.

Flu can be very contagious.

The CDC says it is working to make a new, more effective flu vaccine that can withstand H3N2, but that it can take weeks or even months.

Both influenza A and B cause similar symptoms and are treated the same.

"There's still a benefit to getting vaccinated because if you do get the flu, your symptoms will be milder", Troisi said. Twenty-three percent of flu cases were among people 19 to 49 years old.

It's flu season - that time where it seems no matter what we do or how clean we keep our hands, we seem to pick up one of the circulating flu viruses that are so common during this time of year.

How Effective Is The Flu Vaccine? However, people with life-threatening allergies to the flu vaccine or its ingredients (which include gelatin, antibiotics, or other ingredients) can not or may require a different strain of the shot. "But some protection is better than no protection". Doctors first discovered the threat in Australia where the entire continent is fighting its worst flu season in years.

"Fortunately, a lot of times, there's still some crossover in the immunity you get from the vaccine", Dr. Holder said. For example, people with asthma may experience asthma attacks while they have the flu, and people with chronic congestive heart failure may experience worsening of this condition that is triggered by the flu.

"It is not a cure", Bergen said.

Fact: Each year, the seasonal influenza vaccine includes the strains that researchers found will be most prevalent throughout the season.

During flu season, Fresno County health officials remind people to get plenty of rest, eat a healthy diet including fruits and vegetables and be physically active each day.

On Rebecca Brumfield WTWO (Facebook page) we created a poll to ask you at home how you're feeling.

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