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City Health Officials Remind Residents to Get Flu Vaccines this Winter

30 December 2017, 12:09 | Darrell Baldwin

City Health Officials Remind Residents to Get Flu Vaccines this Winter

City Health Officials Remind Residents to Get Flu Vaccines this Winter

Reports of flu are now widespread throughout the state, according to the California Department of Public Health.

Hospitals from South Bend to Evansville have imposed restrictions that include barring visitors other than immediate family or other significant persons.

IL is among the states the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says is seeing "widespread" flu activity.

On Thursday, North Carolina's Department of Health and Human Services reported the first death of a child from the flu.

MINNEAPOLIS - 'Tis the season for getting sick and health officials say it's definitely making the rounds. Antivirals are especially important for at-risk patients, including: kids under 2 years old and adults over 65, pregnant women, people with asthma, and patients with weakened immune systems.

Have you been hit by the flu?

"I would not be surprised if there is flu in every county", Mirivel said.

Officials said Influenza A viruses continue to be the predominant circulating strains.

Cases were also reported in lesser numbers in Des Plaines, Park Ridge, Niles, Glenview, Northbrook, Prospect Heights and western Rolling Meadows.

"The number of flu cases that were reported last week is the highest in a single week that we have seen in recent years", said Sayone Thihalolipavan, MD, San Diego County's deputy public health officer.

Have a cold or any flu-like symptoms including fever or chills, sore throat, body or muscle aches, headache, cough or runny nose.

Trivedi said everyone should practice good hand washing to avoid the spread of germs and to stay away from people who do become sick.

The vaccine for the A H3N2 is predicted by the Centers for Disease Control is about 35 percent effective and efficacy of the other three strains is expected to be higher.

And even if you do get the flu, a shot can hopefully make it a bit more mild. "It's not too late to get vaccinated".



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