Flu shots for students still available amid harsh influenza season


While Guam has had its share of those who have contracted the flu, the island hasn't been hit as hard as most of the United States.

Smith also said that the number of deaths likely will get much higher before the season is over.

"We've had number schools that have had as little as ten to twenty to hundreds plus so we've had quite a bit of flu activity in our district".

"I don't think we have peaked yet", Driscoll said. "While it has started to decline, we do not expect it to taper off completely anytime soon", said Arielle LeVeaux, the quality coordinator at West Valley Hospital.

Flu season may be loosening its grip on the Western states as the week ending January 27 is the second week reports of flu activity in the region have decreased. The strain circulating this year -H3N2 - is typically more severe, especially in elderly patients, Dawson said. Londoners should stay home when they feel sick, cover coughs and sneezes, and clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces frequently. "The vaccine may also reduce the severity of symptoms if you catch the flu in spite of being vaccinated, and it is not too late to get the vaccine".

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Before Monday, Arkansas' deadliest season since 2000 was during the 2014-15 season with 110 flu-related deaths.

It seems like we've been reporting on the flu season for a while, and we have.

The state doesn't say where deaths occur, but Lancaster County hospitals previously confirmed four flu-related deaths here, all among seniors. The flu season most commonly peaks between December and February, according to the CDC. You can develop the flu even after getting the flu shot, but the course of the virus is usually less severe. He said this year's vaccine was a good match to the specific virus that is spreading, with around 60-70 percent effectiveness.

"There is no shortage in flu vaccines", said Senior Human Services Program Manager Jylmarie Lewis.

These people can still transmit the flu to people whose immune systems are not as strong, and are encouraged to get the shot to prevent that from happening.