Only 2370 People Get Flu Vaccine, Health Ministry Reports

The flu is now widespread in almost every single state and according to the CDC we're seeing a record breaking deadly flu season for children

The flu is now widespread in almost every single state and according to the CDC we're seeing a record breaking deadly flu season for children

Kraushaar said the flu vaccine developed to stem infection rates this year is more effective in preventing the A strain of the virus than the B strain. You can also get encephalitis, which is swelling of the brain. She had the flu over the Christmas holidays and now she is recovering.

"What should parents look for?" asked co-host Anthony Mason. Some people may also have vomiting and diarrhea.

Symptoms of influenza include high fever, chills, headache, exhaustion, sore throat, cough and body aches. "That is why we are sounding this alarm to let our fellow Texans know that it may be time to get immunized, if they have not done so already", Dr. Hannan said.

According to the CDC, several states, including Texas, saw higher flu activities during the month of December, 2019. Chances that a vaccine will work for you depends on your age and health, as well as if the vaccine matches the circulating viruses out there during the season, says the CDC. A teenager died of flu at Children's Mercy. "For whatever reason, the environment and the community were more susceptible to B/Victoria this year", Piedra said.

Type B cases aren't what is normally seen during the flu season. Doctor Myers says a shot of a little Vail could help keep your kids out of these numbers. It causes mild to severe illness which can cause hospitalization or death.

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"The earlier you start it from symptom onset, the better the results you'll get from that antiviral", Bowling said, adding that the benefits of antiviral medication go beyond shortening the course of the illness.

With the dramatic increase in the number of reported flu cases and hospitalizations across the state in recent weeks, the New York State Office for the Aging reminds older New Yorkers and caregivers about the importance of getting their flu vaccination as soon as possible.

"The flu vaccine can not give you the flu as it does not contain any live flu virus and all those at risk should get vaccinated as soon as possible this year to make sure that they are protected".

"In a typical Flu season about 75 percent of the flu cases presenting as type A Influenza and the remaining type B influenza", said Libby Richards an Associate Professor of Nursing at Purdue.

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