Flu season has arrived and it could be a bad one

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Caudle and Rite Aid certified immunizing pharmacist Chris Altman will host a special flu-focused Facebook Live event on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. ET to answer questions about the flu, address common misconceptions and provide helpful tips on how to stay healthy throughout flu season.

In the United States, widespread cases are being reported in Georgia, Louisiana, Oklahoma and MA.

Scientists are warning that this year's flu vaccine may not provide the protection you need. Getting a flu vaccine is more convenient than ever. The Centers for Disease Control's effectiveness studies measure laboratory-confirmed flu illnesses that result in a doctor's visit or those that result in hospitalization. It's hard to make predictions about how a flu season will play out, as flu viruses are wildly unpredictable.

The report warns flu vaccines may only be 10% effective.

The Northern Kentucky Health Department is tracking flu cases.

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When news starts circulating that the flu shot may not work, some people skip it. Sweeney said that's the wrong choice.

This is National Influenza Vaccination Week, and while experts say the vaccine may not be as effective this season as they had hoped, it can still minimize symptoms.

"Based on what is in the vaccine versus a genetic analysis of strains that have been isolated, there is a flawless match", Venglarcik said.

For the week ending December 2, there were 67 cases compared to 29 at the same time past year. These remedies can help you recover quicker, and can potentially prevent you from being hospitalized with flu complications. "That is why a true vaccine effectiveness really is not available for peer review for about 18 months after the season is over", said Dr. John Venglarcik, infectious disease physician. "The most important thing is still to get your flu vaccine".

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