Flu activity is 'widespread' statewide. Still time to get vaccine, officials say

Flu activity is 'widespread' statewide. Still time to get vaccine, officials say

In addition, ADH also reported six influenza-related deaths in the state so far this season.

Doctors continue to warn Oklahomans about the dangers of the flu as the number of deaths related to the virus rises.

All three school campuses across the county reported increased student absenteeism starting last week.

The annual flu season is intensifying with more confirmed cases reported this week and a fifth fatality, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency said Wednesday.

"Here the flu season officially begins October 1 and lasts until March 31, but we look at it all year round", Burton said.

Dr. Richard Roberts, head of the vaccine preventable disease programme at Public Health Wales, echoed what Dr. Owen said: "The nasal spray vaccine provides very effective protection for children against influenza and it works best if given before flu starts to circulate".

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Shots take about two weeks to take full effect. "The highest number of flu-related hospitalizations has occurred among those who are older than 50 years of age, as well as children younger than 5, which are both groups at greater risk of experiencing severe illness and complications due to flu", the health department said in a statement on November 30. This has some experts concerned that the US will suffer a harsh flu season as well. "CDC, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American College of Nurse-Midwives, and the American Academy of Family Physicians recommend flu shots for all women who are or expect to be pregnant during the flu season".

In the 2015-16 flu season, 6,144 flu cases were reported in El Paso County, compared to 5,844 the previous year. "A study published earlier this year in a pediatric journal shows that flu vaccination can significantly reduce a child's risk of dying from influenza", Koening said.

Symptoms of influenza include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.

Many Arkansans will be getting something they didn't really ask for this Christmas - the flu.

Schneeman said one population in particular should consider getting a flu shot. If you're sick, stay home.

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