According to the Center for Disease Control, flu activity sharply increased in the United States, as of December 16.
Dr. Kasey Holder, the Vice President of Medical Affairs at St. Bernards Medical Center, said flu cases have really picked up across the state over the past few weeks. OH was already on the list.
People more than 65 years old had the most reported cases of flu during the 2016-17 season, representing 33 percent. The CDC estimated that the flu has resulted in between 9.2 million and 35.6 million illnesses each year in the US since 2010.
Some say this years vaccine may be to blame for because of its ten percent effective rate. "The Department for Public Health is strongly urging anyone who hasn't received a flu vaccine, particularly children six months and older and those people at high risk for complications related to the flu, to check with local health departments or other providers about getting the vaccine".
There are rising concerns about the flu as Arkansas hospitals and clinics fill up with patients testing positive.
Doctors also recommend avoiding close contact with people who are sick, staying home if you get sick and covering your mouth and nose when you cough and sneeze.
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It's also wise to not attempt to self-diagnose - "Unless a doctor told you that you have the flu, you can not jump to that conclusion".
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While the final decision to get the annual flu shot is a personal one, which usually takes into account a person's exposure to the viruses, their personal history with flus, among other factors, Newsday has compiled a list of flu vaccination pros and cons to help you make a more informed decision this flu season.
Health officials are anxious, with so many people traveling for Christmas and New Year's, cases of the flu will skyrocket. "So if you've been exposed to the flu and you start coming down with symptoms, then get to your health care professional and get a prescription".
As with many medications, there can be several side effects from getting a flu shot.