LIers get a few more shots at free flu shots


Flu killing 4000 every week and is responsible for 1 in 10 deaths in the US right now - with Tamiflu shortages reported

Since the CDC says this season has been the worst flu season in the past decade, it is important to not only take care of yourself but others as well.

The CDC is reporting "spot shortages" of antiviral drugs used to combat the virus. Biology professor Dr. Benjamin Christmann said it is largely thanks to how the prevalent strain has changed beyond the vaccine. "There are doses available; you just may need to look a little harder, or make some calls to various drugstores".

Sheena Moore administers flu shot at a Suffolk County clinic in Great River, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018.

Healthy youngsters who died from their flu infections were more likely than peers who had underlying medical conditions to be younger, less vaccinated, die before hospital admission, and have shorter illness durations. However, since the end of December, ILI activity this season has continued to increase beyond those two prior seasons and is "now at the highest level that we've seen since the pandemic in 2009". "So yes, you can get the flu despite the flu vaccine", Dr. Lopez says.

Current forecasts rely on this CDC data, but even at its fastest, the information is nearly two weeks behind real-time flu activity.

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"Influenza is an extremely serious, and sometimes deadly, disease, and this flu season has been proven to be particularly severe", said Dr. Howard Haft, deputy secretary for Public Health Services. Despite potential cuts to CDC funding, they said they hope for increases in vaccine development and influenza research. "You won't be as sick if you get the the flu vaccine is still highly recommended", Breeding said.

If you are sick, do not go to school or work until you are fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication. There were 40,414 deaths in the US during the third week of 2018, the most recent data available, and 4,064 were from pneumonia or influenza, according to the CDC data. Crystal Whitley, who teaches in Mullin, got the flu shot in October after giving birth to her son, family members told ABC affiliate WFAA. Common symptoms include a fever of 100° Fahrenheit, headache, fatigue, cough, muscle aches, sore throat and runny or stuffy nose. With emails sent out to the school community and messages posted on "wolverscreens" around campus, Sini aims to educate students, faculty and staff on proper precautions to prevent contracting the flu. If you or someone you know starts to experience flu-like symptoms, Malas encourages anyone to reach out to the Brickley Center.

Following the recent Facebook post of a mother whose son experienced hives soon before being diagnosed with the flu, health experts are answering questions on whether the virus may have caused the child's rash.

Despite this, it's still recommended that people get the flu shot, if only to prevent them from getting the flu a second time after coming down with a case of the H3N2 virus, Schuchat said. And there are also other viruses going around this time of year.

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