Flu virus now widespread in Georgia

Flu virus now widespread in Georgia

'Continued efforts are needed to increase the percentage of the population vaccinated during the next few months in order to reduce the burden of flu, ' the authors of the CDC report said.

"It is very easy to catch any sort of illness this time of year with all the hugs, handshakes and shared surfaces at parties or shopping malls", said OMRF immunologist Eliza Chakravarty, M.D. "So if you need to be out and about running errands and meeting up with friends and family, it's wise to protect yourself-and them-as best you can".

"Flu is increasing. We're seeing a pretty steep increase in influenza activity across the U.S. but especially in the South", said Brendan Flannery, a co-author of the new report and an epidemiologist in the CDC's flu division.

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And in Australia, where the winter flu season has just wrapped up, this season's vaccine was only about 10 percent effective against the H3N2 strain.

Flu vaccines change yearly in accordance with what doctors predict to be the dominant virus, but the vaccines are around 60 to 80 percent effective in fighting the flu. "We want to help educate grandparents to understand the seriousness of the flu and their higher risk of developing complications from this unsafe and potentially deadly disease".

This season, the CDC advises that only injectable flu vaccines (flu shots) are recommended.

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Usually, a H3N2 portends a severe flu year, but mild H3N2 years have also occurred, she said. At best, flu can knock you down for a couple of days, at worst, it can kill. What You Should Know and Do this Flu Season If You Are 65 Years and Older. The newest department of health numbers confirm that flu season is here.

Children, especially those with underlying health conditions, are at higher risk of severe outcomes from influnza infection. "There's still some protection against all flu illness in Australia last season".

Other than the vaccine you should also take preventive actions every day to stop the spread of germs like, washing your hands, covering your cough or sneeze and avoiding close contact with people who are sick.

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