The US may be in for a tough flu season

The US may be in for a tough flu season

The state numbers are especially higher during the current flu season, with 92 flu-associated hospitalizations during the week of December 2 and 257 total flu hospitalizations since the start of the flu season, compared to a year ago at this time when there were 19 flu-associated hospitalizations and only 83 for the season.

The most compelling statistic is the increase in reported flu cases from this time previous year.

The flu season in El Paso runs from October to May, generally peaking in January and February.

However, health officials say that it's too early to tell how well the vaccine with work against the flu virus in the U.S.

20, Arizona has seen 2,976 reported cases of flu.

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"There are so many places you can go now, but at the health department we do immunization from age 6 months and up while some pharmacies only do 14 and up", Brown said.

State health officials continue to encourage people to get flu shots as a way to avoid the illness. "That means for hospitals in particular, employees who have not had the flu vaccine need to start masking and doing the extra protections to protect themselves and our patients from spreading the flu".

Wash your hands often with soap and water. No. 1 on the list is to get a flu shot.

"I can come up with studies that say Vitamin D is more effective against influenza than a vaccine", said a nurse.

The flu can be spread from person to person when an infected person talks, sneezes or coughs.

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The Peterson Health staff has the following pieces of advice, saying the flu can knock you off your feet; but knowing how to pamper oneself can help you feel better faster.

Symptoms of influenza can include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Vaccination is especially important for pregnant women, the elderly and others at high risk of influenza complications. "This is a tragic reminder that the flu still kills", said county public health official Cameron Kaiser, MD, in a statement.

"They've had it since, like, three months ago", Perez said.

Last week, a Yukon elementary school was forced to close its doors after 115 students and 10 teachers called in sick. For starters, if you are sick, if at all possible, stay home.

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