Flu Season Begins in the United States

Getting influenza or the flu is never fun for anyone. About 20 people have been hospitalized since August. There were 337 flu-related hospitalizations in Dane County last flu season, from October 2016 to May 2017.

The influenza (flu) season is upon us and Trinity County Public Health urges everyone 6 months of age and older to get their flu vaccination.

P.E.I.'s chief health officer is encouraging Islanders to take advantage of free flu shots to combat the nasty seasonal illness.

The flu is not a stomach bug, and is much worse than a bad cold.

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Sometimes it causes aches in the muscles or fatigue.

Every year the flu vaccine is changed to include a mixture of strains of the virus that has circulated in prior years, Passaretti said.

"It's really wonderful, this year, regardless of which age group, or which chronic condition you may have, you can get the vaccine without having to pay an administration cost wherever you go", she said.

The bodies highlighted official figures showing that emergency flu and pneumonia admissions from care homes jumped by 16% a year ago to around 29,000.

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Cllr Louise Gittins said: "We need to keep our residents well this winter, reduce the number of hospital admissions as well as the number of deaths and that's why it is so important that all residents eligible to receive the free flu vaccination get immunised". "I like to say flu is fickle".

Last years flu shot is not likely to protect you this year.

"You can't get the flu from the flu shot", he said. Dependents of students, however, can not avail this service for free as the SEBT plan does not cover for their flu shots. Use alcohol-based hand rub if soap and water aren't available. So make sure you frequently clean and disinfect all hard surfaces that may be contaminated with germs.

Cover the mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. Those who feel sick before that have probably caught a common cold due to fluctuating temperatures.

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Manage stress, exercise, stay hydrated, eat well, and get plenty of sleep. It is therefore advisable that you take the flu vaccination as soon as possible and practice all the necessary hygiene habits to stay healthy this flu season.

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