The state Department of Health and Human Resources says three new flu fatalities were reported last week, bringing the total this season to 16. Talk with your health care provider if you have concerns about getting the flu vaccine.
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The most recent CDC national data shows Georgia has the highest level of flu activity in the United States.
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Kids under the age of five have been particularly vulnerable to the flu virus this year, with a higher rate of confirmed cases based on the percentage of the population.
Maine's flu season is so far tracking less severe than previous year - with fewer cases that tested positive for the virus - but flu is notoriously unpredictable and is spreading rapidly throughout most of the nation. Children aged nine and older must be accompanied by an adult. Sometimes those are sick can also have a cough and some people also get a fever, but not everyone with the flu will definitely have a fever, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Cameron Kaiser said the victim had not received a flu shot and did not have any known pre-existing health disorders.
The coroner said he was unable to find any congenital or pre-existing medical issues and her doctors said she was up to date on her immunizations, but he does not know if that includes receiving a flu shot, Russell said.
People at high risk of complications who experience influenza-like illness should seek medical care without delay. With the flu now in its peak season, experts at Auburn University's Harrison School of Pharmacy encourage people to take advantage of the vaccine. This is done by helping the body develop antibodies to protect against different flu strains. Bankole also said that after the 2009 outbreak of H1N1, people developed improved natural immunity to the virus, which means symptoms tend to be milder even for people who contract the flu.
Get the flu shot - Protective effects from the flu shot occur approximately two weeks after receiving it.