The annual flu season is intensifying with more confirmed cases reported this week and a fifth fatality, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency said Wednesday.
The CDC reports that vaccinations reduce the risk of illness by 40 to 60 percent among the overall populations during flu season.
The United States typically mirrors Australia's flu season.
Influenza A outbreaks are underway in about four long-term care facilities, and Adrienne Hansen-Taugher, manager of infectious disease prevention and emergency preparedness for Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington Public Health, said flu season is expected to peak over the holidays.
Widespread activity is the highest level of flu activity.
Jenny Israel, head of children's public health nursing, Hywel Dda University Health Board, explained why it's so important that eligible children receive the flu nasal spray vaccine.
Doctors said there is still time to get your flu shot.
Another nurse expressed worry that if someone who did not get the shot came down with the flu and called in sick, there could be punitive measures taken.
Flu symptoms often include fever, cough, sore throat, headache, chills and muscle aches, and thousands of people die each year because of the flu, mostly among elderly people, according to the press release.
The importance of getting the flu shot is especially true for young people and those with chronic medical conditions, she said.
Other tips include washing your hands frequently, staying home when you are sick and avoiding touching your hands to your face.
Adults can pass off the flu for five days after the onset of symptoms and children can be infectious for seven days.
The flu vaccine is the single best way to protect against catching and spreading flu. Most of the time the flu shot doesn't cost anything, but if it does, the cost is $25, York said.
In addition, they say the vaccine doesn't produce the same quality and strength of antibodies that a person's body develops after they get the flu.
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