Flu season expected to be severe this year

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Despite this new information, health experts say it's still important to get your flu shot.

The Centers for Disease Control said MA was one of four states to report widespread flu activity in the country the previous week.

Number of times each month during which the flu season peaked from 1982 to 2016.

Just because you get a flu shot does not mean you won't get the flu. However, while vaccinated people can still get sick, generally they get a milder and less risky form of the illness.

The vaccination program ended a couple of weeks ago, and in addition to adults getting their shots, 1,890 Campbell County students also received a flu shot, said Nachelle McGrath, Campbell County Healthcare Foundation executive director.

Edmonton has seen 167 cases of influenza in 2017.

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According to Quartz, the annual flu vaccine development process begins several months before each flu season. "Flu is more likely to lead to hospitalization or death for people in the high risk groups, and their first line of defense is vaccination".

The Healthcare Foundation donated its remaining 110 vaccines to Public Health, which administers them to schoolchildren for free.

Anyone can get the flu, regardless of age, race, gender, or ethnicity, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. Since then, a handful of people have come to Public Health with flu-like symptoms and were referred to their doctors for diagnosis and treatment.

CDC recommends that people get a flu vaccine by the end of October, if possible. They're especially vulnerable to flu's unsafe complications because they tend to have more underlying health problems than younger people - and because standard flu shots don't work as well with age-weakened immune systems. "So typically there's no cost to the vaccine", she said.

Two vaccine brands target the 65-and-older crowd.

Health Canada has reported increased levels of both influenza A and B this year with 2,080 confirmed cases as of late November, and noted that the levels of influenza B were as high as they usually are in mid-February. "The best flu vaccine is the one that you get".

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