With 12 Confirmed Cases, Flu Season Comes Early to Greene County

With 12 Confirmed Cases, Flu Season Comes Early to Greene County

With 12 Confirmed Cases, Flu Season Comes Early to Greene County

For millions of people every season, the flu can mean a fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches, fatigue and miserable days spent in bed. This includes young children, pregnant women, people 65 and older and people with certain medical conditions, like asthma, diabetes or heart disease.

In this week's edition of You Children's Health, the focus is the flu.

It was better at warding off respiratory illness caused by the dominant B strain of influenza; about 55 per cent effective. Eighty percent of the children who died had not received the flu shot.

There are hopeful signs the current flu season won't be as widespread or deadly as past year, said an infectious disease expert with Vidant Medical Center.

"The first year that you get it, it may not last as long as somebody that's used to getting that vaccination every year, because your system is used to that". Getting vaccinated later in the flu season - through January or even after - can still be beneficial. The state did not release where the person lived. But some people might wonder, can you get the flu from a flu shot?

Writing in today's Belfast Telegraph, Dr Michael McBride confirmed that a new flu vaccine for over-65s will not be available until the end of next month.

In a situation update today, the CDC emphasized that the flu vaccine is the best way to protect against flu and potentially serious complications.

It can take up to two weeks for the vaccine to take effect, so the government recommends getting the shot soon, before flu season arrives.

Only about one in three upstate NY adults get their flu shot according to BlueCross BlueShield. It is not a coincidence that so many people get sick right around midterms and finals.

This is what the flu virus wants - it wants to spread, grow and multiply and we give it the flawless environment if we don't vaccinate those considered to be most at risk.

Even though handwashing and avoiding sick people are good habits, it is not enough to prevent the flu.

The role of pharmacists is being expanded this year to allow them to administer the free flu shot to residents five and up, during home visits, and in congregate living settings.

Other unpublished data suggest that flu viruses, in the presence of mucus, can persist on some surfaces for up to 16 hours with very little loss in infectivity.

The classic advice of hand-washing can also help reduce transmission by direct and indirect contact.

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