Health officials: 135 people hospitalized with the flu this season

Health officials: 135 people hospitalized with the flu this season

"Because if it's not the flu, it's more likely some other viral infectious etiology and we can pass viral stuff pretty easy". There are vaccines especially designed for seniors that are available this flu season.

"The most predictable thing about flu is that it's unpredictable", Brammer said. He says the best way to avoid the flu is to get immunized with a flu shot.

Health experts are warning that this year could be a rough year for the the flu.

"When you get your flu shot it can take up to two or three weeks for your body to fully go through the process".

There's nothing like all the hugs, kisses and displays of affection we're sure to get from family and friends during various holiday parties, family gatherings and visits with friends and neighbors.

"We have probably given an excessive 300 flu shots so far and we still have flu shots", Sheila Hubenka, a TB charge nurse with the health district said. Flu related complications can include pneumonia and dehydration.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is to pause a plan to administer hepatitis A vaccines to children older than 12 months after the legislature's Social Welfare and Environmental Hygiene Committee questioned the plan's effectiveness yesterday.

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"Flu is increasing. We're seeing a pretty steep increase in influenza activity across the United States but especially in the South", said Brendan Flannery, a co-author of the new report and an epidemiologist in the CDC's flu division.

Doctors typically look south to get an idea of what's coming.

"If you're not excited about getting vaccinated yourself, do it for the people you love", Mills said.

Flannery explained that the journal article looked at Australia's most recent flu season and highlights the low vaccine effectiveness against one type of influenza: the H3N2 strain predominating in the USA today.

"They had quite a substantial epidemic due to H3N2, so there's a lot of speculation that that's foreboding a severe season for us also", she said from Vancouver. Flannery said highest-risk patients are the elderly, pregnant women and infants, and people who have underlying conditions, such as lung or heart conditions. "There's still some protection against all flu illness in Australia last season".

It is impossible to contract a case of flu from the vaccine.

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