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Published: Wed, December 13, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

Number of H3N2 cases on rise in Grey-Bruce

Number of H3N2 cases on rise in Grey-Bruce

The widespread presence of flu, she said, has been declared three weeks earlier than it was in 2016. It protects not only you, but those around you, preventing you from passing the virus on to others.

Symptoms of flu can include headache, chills and cough, followed rapidly by fever, loss of appetite, muscle aches, fatigue, runny nose, sneezing, watery eyes and throat irritation. As the earlier group of researchers concluded, flu viruses propagated in eggs undergo certain changes in the hemagglutinin protein-the primary target of neutralizing antibodies-and that could negatively impact our body's virus-killing responses.

The flu immunization is a four component vaccine comprised of two "A" and two "B" influenza strains. By the end of the year, the CDC declared an epidemic, with more than 20 deaths in just a few weeks before Christmas that year. "Whenever we have a season that's predominately H3N2, we tend to have more outbreaks". And those projections come from what happened during the previous flu season in North America, along with what is happening in other continents around the world.

Have you got your flu vaccine this season, but you're now battling severe flu symptoms like you haven't?

While so far the vaccine has seemed to be effective here, Shelton said, even if it doesn't stop an individual from getting the flu, it does ease the severity and length of the bout.

The flu has a couple of warning signs.

"Based on the Australian experience public health officials need to meet and urgently review emergency planning procedures", he said.

"Some protection is better than no protection", Kern County Public Health Services Department spokeswoman Michelle Corson said, stressing the importance of the vaccination.

You should also keep warm and drink plenty of water to avoid getting dehydrated.

Where can you get a flu shot for free?

What was the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic?

Despite this rigorous research, the flu virus is nasty and changes constantly.

An estimated 500 million people across the globe were caught the illness.

"If folks have not gotten vaccinated, getting vaccinated is your best protection against the flu", Bolduc said.

It was later discovered that in many victims the vicious virus had invaded their lungs and caused pneumonia. "Generally, we do know that influenza and other illnesses are more common in those who are school age and people who are out and about more".

Does a flu shot actually give you the flu?

H1N1, not surprisingly, still rings a bell with many people from the fall of 2009 scare, and all the clinics that were set up to get last-minute vaccine to children and those at risk as soon as possible.

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