Flu activity is 'widespread' statewide. Still time to get vaccine, officials say

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If you do get sick, stay home until you're well again, so you don't spread more germs.

Fayette, Jefferson and Pike counties had the highest numbers of flu cases in the state. Peak influenza activity in the USA usually occurs during December through February, but there can be substantial influenza activity up until the month of May.

The ACIP says symptoms, in rare instances, include fever, muscle pain, and discomfort or weakness, which typically go away after a day or two. It can cause severe illness in some people and can even lead to death.

As always, a flu shot is the best way to ward off a debilitating and potentially deadly bout of the illness, but media reports claiming that this year's vaccine is only 10 percent effective may have prompted some to avoid the flu shot altogether.

The first cases of the flu for the 2017-2018 season appeared in September, slightly earlier than the typical October 1 start of the season.

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"We have very good systems with our colleagues in Europe that show this, and last season we had a very major excess number of deaths as a result of the flu, around 1,000". "The number of cases has been climbing but steadily, not "spiking".

She said: "We are encouraging children in the eligible groups to be vaccinated to prevent the spread of flu in schools and the wider community". One was elderly. The other was a 25-year-old traveling to IL from out of state. "That means for hospitals in particular, employees who have not had the flu vaccine need to start masking and doing the extra protections to protect themselves and our patients from spreading the flu". It is important for those experiencing flu-like symptoms to consult with a provider as soon as possible. For children, medical care should be sought if they are unable to eat, have trouble breathing, if there are no tears when crying or if there are significantly fewer wet diapers than normal.

Flu vaccines are available at doctors' offices and pharmacies. York said the clinic bills nearly every insurance provider, including Medicare and Medicaid. Also, experts suggest getting the flu shot.

MCMC lists the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee, along with 12 other organizations, such as the American Academy of Family Physicians, as recommending annual flu vaccinations.