Expect a Bad Flu Season

Expect a Bad Flu Season

He encourages people age 65 and older to talk with their doctor about getting one of the vaccines created to give older people a better immune response, and therefore, better protection against flu.

"Are doctors who administer the vaccines supposed to earn spiritual merit", she asked, in a sarcastic reference to comments by Premier William Lai (賴清德) in October asking caregivers to look past their low salaries and regard their work as a way to earn spiritual merit. The Protecting Grandparents from the Flu series features the Miller family and their battle with influenza when daughter, Caroline, almost died from flu complications at the age of five.

"The difference is the cold is going to last about two weeks and you may not have the achiness that you have a long with the flu", Hubenka said.

Flu activity, which has been increasing since the start of November, is now higher than usual for this time of year, according to a report published Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The number of flu vaccines given out at the Wichita Falls-Wichita County Public Health District is also up.

Certain people are at greater risk of serious flu-related complications. If you're sick just stay home and get treated before you go back out.

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If you are experiencing those symptoms, call a doctor as soon as possible.

Schwartz, who was not involved in the CDC reports, said some of her patients take the flu shot, but others do not. The flu vaccine is very effective against these, she noted.

Data from the CDC's interactive flu-tracking site show cases of people falling ill with "influenza-like illnesses" (ILI) are more widespread than in previous years.

"I think we're in for a really bad winter and a really heavy flu season", said Dr. Jatinder Sachdev of American Family Care. "H3N2 seasons have been more severe in terms of hospitalization and death, especially in the elderly and young children; that's a concern".

It's too early to tell if H3N2 will continue to be the predominant strain or whether H1N1 will surpass it, Brammer said.

This year's vaccine uses strains recommended by the World Health Organization in February: A/H1N1, A/H3N2 and B/Victoria.

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