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Oklahoma Flu Deaths on the Rise

Oklahoma Flu Deaths on the Rise

In the US, annual flu shots are recommended for everyone age 6 months or older. Only Hawaii has been spared.

"Since this has been a particularly tough season, the CDC has predicted that we probably still have another 12 weeks of flu season", Brownfield said.

Activity levels vary in different states, however. Although people with the flu are most contagious in the first 3-4 days after their illness begins, some otherwise healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. The CDC tweeted that this is the first time in 15 years that "all states in the entire continental US have reported widespread #flu activity during the same week". This year, the most common strain of influenza is H3N2, and almost every state has been hit hard, said the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Some lawmakers are taking action to combat the flu. Notably, he said the flu onslaught may have peaked in hard-hit California.

But, as public health officials are emphasizing, getting the flu shot is still the best way of protecting yourself from the flu, and reducing the severity of the virus if you contract it. But exactly how well it is working won't be known until next month.

"This season is definitely more severe than usual, but we've had worse". It's not clear why this season - with the same bug - is worse, some experts said.

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Here is a link to the Mayo Clinic's flu shot guidelines for children.

It may be that numerous people getting sick this year managed to avoid infection last year.

Name SearchWatch Service' Dan Jernigan, in a call with reporters Friday.

Dr. Lei Deng and Dr. Baozhong Wang say that a new approach of using double-layered protein nanoparticles to target the influenza virus produced a longer lasting immunity to the flu in mice. While the common cold and the flu are both cause upper respiratory problems, the flu can do a lot more damage to your health. Young children and the elderly are at greatest risk from flu and its complications.

The season is shaping up to be similar to the epidemic of late 2014 and early 2015, which entailed 710,000 hospitalizations and 56,000 deaths, according to the CDC.

Health officials are still urging people to get vaccinated despite questions about the shot's effectiveness. In New York, the numbers are starting to surpass the national average. Lincoln did say flu levels at Evangelical are similar to recent years. "It's been 22 years since I felt that badly".


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