Health officials warn of widespread flu cases

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"I think the flu vaccine is working on less than 10% of the population", Shaikh said.

Gov. Kay Ivey issued a state public health emergency late Thursday as cases of the flu continue to rise, overwhelming the state's medical personnel. Texas is one of 26 states reporting high flu activity, said the CDC.

Free jabs, which also protect against Aussie flu, are being offered to children aged two to eight in Britain, following reports of cases in the north of England as well as in Ireland.

However, they can climb much higher too, as for example in 2014-2015 there were 4,138 hospitalizations. A lot of cold air, a lot of cold this season. "Flu can easily circulate through April and beyond".

"Usually what happens with influenza is it keeps changing its RNN and DNN, so it's modifying themselves and that's why we're not getting a good strain target". Last year, the province administered 290,000 vaccines. "The vaccine effectiveness is generally less for H3N2, than it is for when influenza is H1N1 or influenza B".

The other 20 percent of cases have been a serious strain of the flu that's predominant across the nation, Berg said. "During this time, those persons may still spread the virus to others".

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While data fluctuate on how many Americans die annually from the flu, during the 2012 to 2013 flu season an estimated 56,000 people died, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The NHS explains that the main symptoms include a fever of more than 38C, a chesty cough, headache, tiredness and aching muscles as well as a sore throat, runny nose and sneezing. People who become severely ill with flu-like symptoms should seek medical care.

Local health care professionals are seeing a marked increase in the number of people visiting the emergency room for the flu or flu-like symptoms.

The flu rate in Scotland has more than doubled over the past week. These drugs work best when treatment begins within two days of symptoms starting but may still be helpful after that time.

Peak flu season is beginning to hit early.

Johnson said those who have been diagnosed should drink plenty of fluids and get plenty of rest. If you don't have insurance, the Minnesota Vaccines for Children program and the Uninsured and Underinsured Adult Vaccine program provide free or low-priced vaccines.

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