It's not too late to get a flu shot


It's not too late to get a flu shot

Health professionals recommend getting a flu vaccine.

Last year at this time there were just over 1,000 cases, meaning there are 10 times more cases this year.

According to the CDC, there has been a jump in hospitalizations in young children and people over 50.

Flu is widespread in 46 states, according to reports to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Despite the shot being less effective this year, you should still get it.

Federal health officials cite the bad winter weather, holiday travel and the severe H3N2 strain for the high number of hospitalizations in the state and nationwide. "People are most contagious and most likely to spread the flu prior to the onset of symptoms, when it may not be obvious they're sick". Twice a year the World Health Organization meets to decide which flu strains will be protected against by that year's vaccine; once in February for the northern hemisphere flu season, and again in September for the southern hemisphere.

Flu symptoms are generally more severe than seasonal colds, which rarely causes a fever or headache, only sometimes includes fatigue and results in less severe body aches. Stay away from others who are sick and when you're out in public places, keep your hands away from your face until you can wash them. "We're seeing a lot of people with the flu and we're seeing a number of people who are really sick with the flu", said Dr. Ira Helfand.

Now if you have the flu, the sooner you start medication, the better.

The CDC cautioned Friday that we could still have three months left in flu season.

"We are now seeing a mix of flu types, including the A (H3N2) strain that circulated last winter in the United Kingdom and then in Australia".

Dianne Duursma of Franklin Park, who can't have vaccines due to an egg allergy, said she's just getting over the flu.

Public Health England has called for people at risk of influenza to take the necessary precautions as the spread of the disease continues across the UK.

Beth Hardy, spokeswoman at Gwinnett Medical Center, said they have an adequate supply of medicine to fight the flu, but they also have suppliers on standby should they need to refill in a hurry.