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Across the United Kingdom, all children under the age of nine, pensioners and those with serious health issues are eligible for a free flu vaccine, however the rest of the population pay £13.
"These findings remind us of the seriousness of flu and that flu prevention should really be a global priority", says Joe Bresee, M.D., associate director for global health in CDC's Influenza Division and a study co-author. "State and local partners also have expressed interest in this topic over time", she told the magazine.
"The flu is very risky". H3N2 is one of the strains contained in this year's flu vaccine along with two or three others, depending on the vaccine.
On Monday, The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority announced dozens of elective surgeries would be cancelled to accommodate influenza patients.
Or maybe it means that if 100 people didn't get the flu shot, only 10 would have been protected by natural immunity.
On January 2, 2018, Dallas County health officials reported a sixth death from the flu.
The 15 deaths occurred in individuals age 65 or older.
Experts believe that fatalities could triple within two weeks - making the flu outbreak officially an "epidemic" in parts of Britain.
One woman died in November and the other died last month. "[The flu] took out a few of our classes and even teachers".
"In the Southern hemisphere for some reason or other it seemed to be very aggressive and we saw a lot more deaths, but in Manitoba for sure we're not seeing we're having a whole lot more people dying", said Dr. Richard Rusk, medical officer of health for communicable diseases. "The vaccine is available at doctors' offices and many retail locations".
"It's earlier than normal, so there's the worry now that is this going to grumble on compared to previous year - mid February, late February", he said.
Across the country, it's a similar situation. Hospitals go through hundreds of IV bags a day to replenish fluids for patients and to administer drugs such as antibiotics and painkillers.
In California, flu-related deaths are particularly high.
While Maine reported 5,830 flu cases in 2016-17, the strains circulating were less severe and only 14 percent required hospitalization, according to the CDC.
Claim 3: Even though flu season began in early October, you still have time to get the shot.
It's also never too late in the season to get a flu shot.
Using warm water and soap is the best way to protect against the virus, according to Qured GP, Dr Amy Bibby. The New York State Health Department has confirmed a child has died of complications from the flu.
For more information about where to get vaccinated, call 311, visit nyc.gov/flu for the Flu Vaccine Locator or text "flu" to 877877.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. "They need to try to quarantine themselves as much as possible when they're ill".
Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
If you or someone in your household is sick, keeping at least six feet of distance and washing your hands can go a long way, says Dr. John Townes.
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