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Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association executive director Robert Thompson- Ashley Fitzpatrick

Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association executive director Robert Thompson- Ashley Fitzpatrick

"Every individual over the age of six months should get a flu vaccine - not just for their own protection, but to protect others around them who may be more vulnerable to the flu and its complications", O'Neal said in a statement.

For the first time in more than a decade, the entire continental United States shows widespread flu activity, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control said Friday, and the number of people hospitalized has almost doubled from last week. The agency said there is still time for people to get the flu shot because while the season appears to be peaking there could be 11-13 more weeks to go for this flu season.

"We have quickly replenished our supply chain and Flu vaccinations are available at Boots Pharmacies across the country, with more stock going into stores daily".

Experts, including Canada's chief public health officer, have said that, although it's too early to tell for sure, the H3N2 component of this year's vaccine may have mutated during the manufacturing process, making it less effective.

State officials are not mandated to report flu deaths among those 65 and older.

In Cuyahoga County, there have been two flu-related deaths, including a 70-year-old woman. The vaccine effectiveness against the predominant H3N2 strain has been reported in the low 30 percentile range.

So far, influenza A viruses have been the type most commonly identified. Flu viruses circulate in the Southern Hemisphere before they hit the United States, so the flu season in Australia can predict how bad flu season will be in the U.S.

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Flu peaks vary from season to season in Idaho, though it's usually January or early February, Pedersen said.

Fewer than half of all Americans have been vaccinated in recent flu seasons.

"In the midst of a troubling increase in flu hospitalizations, I strongly urge all CT residents to keep in mind to get their flu shot", said Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in a statement Friday.

"This year, we've seen a mixture of A and B, so both young and old people being affected".

While the flu and common cold are respiratory illnesses that share some symptoms, you should be aware of the differences to protect yourself and your family.

Most people in California and nationwide are catching a strain of influenza A known as H3N2, which tends to be deadlier than other strains.

The CDC recommends that to reduce risk, people cover their mouths when they cough, wash their hands frequently, limit contact with others who might be sick, and if possible, stay home when they're sick to prevent the spread of germs and illness. In the same time frame past year, Callaway County had 37 confirmed cases of influenza A. The onset of symptoms is sudden and people should stay home until at least 24 hours after their fever is gone except to get medical care.

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