Some small counties, like Center and Potter, have an even higher rate of flu.
Russell contends this season's vaccine does offer "good protection" against the B strain, which New Brunswick is seeing more of than usual, and is worth getting.
Insurance, Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is accepted for children's flu shots. There have been no supply shortages reported. This season had an early start, and health officials initially thought it would also have an early peak.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo called on all New Yorkers 6 months of age and over who have not yet received a flu shot to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Since September, 335 lab-confirmed hospitalizations have occurred in that area. However, a recent study conducted by Canadian researchers suggests the vaccine is only 17 percent effective in preventing the H3N2 virus. Of those, 211 cases were influenza A, 13 were influenza B and 25 were unspecified.
Within the same timeframe last school year, UCSB Student Health had diagnosed 50 students with influenza and 31 with an influenza-like illness. The nonprofit organization has also researched antiviral treatment approaches that could protect people after infection. People can have the respiratory symptoms without a fever.
"You know, some people might not have access to a primary care doctor where they can go see and get treated".
"Over in Australia, the statistics were very low, but here it's been about 30 to 33 percent chance you might get the flu".
It is not too late to get vaccinated for influenza.
Adults aged 65 years and older, people with certain chronic medical conditions, young children and pregnant women are among those at highest risk for serious influenza complications that may lead to hospitalization or death. That's the highest level since the swine flu pandemic in 2009.
There's no vitamin, herbal potion or other supplement known to prevent or treat the flu, Monto and Munoz said.
The flu is spread through mucus droplets through the air from coughing and sneezing.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. "Public health experts project that tens of thousands of people could suffer flu-related deaths". It will only spread the illness further.
"We are still encouraging people who are eligible for the vaccine to go get it and obviously people who are in contact with the high risk populations to get the vaccine also", said Russell.
Many employees unfortunately waste their sick days when they aren't actually sick, or they don't want to burn off days so they can take time off for vacation or other commitments.
CDC said the number of people landing in the hospital is on pace to exceed an bad 2014-2015 season, when it recorded 710,000 hospitalizations. With those numbers expected to increase health officials in north Georgia are stepping up flu prevention efforts.
"In seasons where H3N2 is the main cause of influenza, we see more cases, more visits to the doctor, more hospitalizations, and more deaths", said Dan Jernigan the director of the Influenza Division at the CDC.
It was created to offer protection against two A-type influenza viruses - H3N2 and H1N1 - and a B strain.
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