What to know about influenza before peak flu season
Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches, chills, and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea.
A HSE spokeswoman added: "The flu virus is circulating in our communities and health care facilities and is causing much concern due to the seriousness of the illness". CDC monitors certain key flu indicators (for example, outpatient visits of influenza-like illness (ILI), the results of laboratory testing and flu hospitalization and deaths).
Dr Brenda Corcoran, head of the HSE's National Immunisation Office, said: "The flu vaccine is a lifesaver". Children under 6 months can not get a flu shot, in addition to those who have previously had a severe allergic reaction to a flu vaccine.
This year's flu season is off to a mild start, though there was an uptick of cases reported nationwide and in Alaska during the last two weeks of the year.
"You don't know what is being spread around you at that time, and we are spending a lot more time indoors, especially in the northeast", he said. The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccination for anyone over six months of age.
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"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".
The flu jab being used has been confirmed as a good match for influenza A (H3), the strain now circulating in the community. "Also, the flu shot is not a live virus, so you can not get the flu from it".
"It's something that's preventable", Nesheiwat said.
In addition to getting the flu shot, Schaffner said there are common sense actions people can take to avoid the virus.
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Barricade, Schutzer said, means staying home once you are symptomatic of the flu to prevent it from spreading to others. "If you become ill it's because you may have the virus in you already".
Flu vaccinations are available at Steele County Public Health from 8 a.m.to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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