This year's flu vaccine estimated to be less effective: CDC


The flu could hit Pennsylvania hard the next three months.

According to the City of Houston Health Department, two women in their 60's have died. That means the virus has been confirmed in a lab in at least half of the regions of the state.

In Houston, area hospitals have filled up, including Texas Children's Hospital, where a quarter of patients are being treated for the flu.

Although it does not cover this strain, the advice is to still get the flu vaccine for the best protection. By the time the Aussie strain had been identified, this year's vaccine had already been made.

It's best to get as much rest as possible to allow your body to recuperate.

Arizona hospitals statewide continue to experience long emergency room wait times due to the increased number of sick Arizonans.

On Jan. 9, St. Charles County officials said they have 2,849 flu cases reported to the public department of health.

That might be the result of an earlier season.

- The last two weeks have seen an explosion of influenza cases in Minnesota and even one death related to the outbreak, leading experts to warn that this year could be among the worst in recent memory when it comes to the illness. Peak season is anywhere from 6,000 to 8,000 cases.

Although numbers of cases are high it is not regarded as a severe season. Both CDC and MDH have notified medical providers of the importance of prescribing antivirals during this flu season.

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The free flu shots are available without an appointment.

Haggie says the flu vaccine is provided by the federal government, so there's really nothing the province can do to help with the effectiveness of the vaccine.

The flu has killed four people in Rock Island County since the season began in November, coroner Brian Gustafson said.

On average 8,000 people a year are killed by flu in Britain.

You should also keep warm and drink plenty of water to avoid getting dehydrated.

"Some people can be infected with the flu virus but have no symptoms".

Some of the symptoms of influenza include fever, cough, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, headache, muscle aches and extreme fatigue.

Dr. Dreiling says physicians can prescribe antiviral drugs, like Tamiflu, to treat symptoms.

To stay clear of the flu until its end - typically around March - Grey and Garcia recommend frequent hand washing, following good hygiene, resting and drinking plenty of fluids.