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Health Department offers free flu shots as outbreak worsens

Get ready, some medical experts are predicting the worst flu season in history Pa. sees a dozen new deaths as flu continues to surge
Faye Gross | 13 January, 2018, 01:51

It's too early to tell whether the flu will hit Hawaii residents as hard as many US states, the state Department of Health reported Monday.

E-cigarettes put people at risk of picking up flu germs.

With many parts of the country, including Shasta County, experiencing high flu activity, the Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency is urging people to take steps to keep from spreading the illness.

Like that deadly 2014-2015 flu season, which caused about 20,000 deaths in the USA, this year's predominate strain of flu is H3N2.

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"Older adults and those who spend time with them can do a lot to stave off flu and flu-related complications so that they can continue to grow, thrive and contribute".

However, the Hong Kong flu outbreak pales in comparison to the Spanish flu epidemic, which broke out shortly after the end of the First World War and is thought to have caused the deaths of between 25 million and 50 million people worldwide.

To avoid overcrowding emergency departments, it's recommended patients check with their healthcare provider or an urgent care before going to the ER, and if coughing, wear a mask to the doctor's office. In Texas, some hospitals were turning away non-emergency patients due to overwhelmed emergency rooms.

We're still in the middle of flu season so it's not too late to get the shot. The state Department of Public Health in CT recently labeled the virus as "widespread" in the state.

But Hawaii health officials recommended that everyone 6 months or older get a flu shot as soon as possible to protect against influenza.

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Five people have died from the flu in CT this season and now, doctors are reminding people to take precautions to prevent themselves from getting sick.

The good news is that there's a vaccine! .

"The one that's circulating now is not in the trivalent vaccine but influenza A is in the vaccine, that's why people at higher risk should get some protection".

"It is late and so do not walk, run".

Dr. Buchanan said she expects even more flu cases to come later in the season.

Although the flu vaccine in Taiwan is not effective against the most prevalent virus this year, it will provide about 30 percent protection and reduce the risk of severe symptoms and death, Chuang said earlier this month.

French health chiefs have warned the flu outbreak has yet to reach its peak with the number of cases set to exceed those of the last two years.

In one case, the patient died of pneumonia after contracting the Type B influenza virus, CDC doctor Tsou Tsung-pei (鄒宗珮) said, adding that the 77-year-old man also had cancer and a history of chronic disease.

Avoid close contact. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Colds typically do have runny nose, sneezing, and a wet/productive cough, which are uncommon with the flu.

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