Sneezes and sniffles: Sask. flu season may have peaked

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People most at risk for severe illness and complications include pregnant women, children younger than 5 and especially those younger than 2, people 65 and older and people with chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease and weakened immune systems.

US health officials on Friday said plenty of people are getting sick, and the flu has hit epidemic levels - just as it does most winters. "It's not too late". When H3 viruses are predominant, we tend to have a worse flu season with more hospitalizations and more death.

"We always have to remember that the Flu, although very common and we see it every year, is the most deadly virus", says Dr. Harkins.

In San Diego county, 46 people have died from the flu. That data will be made available sometime in February, but Jernigan said they will be more effective than what Australia saw during its flu season in 2017, when effective rates were at 10 percent.

According to Mosaic, the second issue is that the flu vaccine is perceived to not be as effective this year as it normally would be.

Five more people in North Texas have died due to the flu according to health officials. "The season has started early and is probably peaking right about now", he said. It is the state's first pediatric flu death this season. "There's nearly no area in the county that's seen no influenza activity at this point".

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"There have been tremendous pockets of people being hospitalized", he said.

"It is higher this week than last week, which was higher than the week before, so we haven't seen a peak yet", said Dr. Daniel Shin, an infectious disease physician at the hospital.

If you get the flu, stay home and rest so you don't spread it to other people. Wake Forest Baptist, Cone Health, and Novant Health put in visitor restrictions for the rest of the flu season.

The shots will be distributed on a first-come basis, while supplies last, at its community clinics, officials said.

"Just remember, the best way to prevent influenza is to get a vaccine".

Experts urge everyone 6 months of age and older get the flu shot, as it helps reduce the chance of illness from the flu and can also lessen the severity of the symptoms if you do get sick.

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