The number of flu cases in Alabama is on the rise

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"What we're seeing this year, the influenza season started earlier and seems to be peaking right about now".

"In years when there is H3N2, we do see that there are more deaths", Jernigan said. "There is nothing out of the ordinary in terms of the type of influenza that we're seeing", Harris said.

Data from some mid-Missouri counties show the number of confirmed flu cases doubled compared to the 2016-17 flu season.

She says there's still a lot of flu season left, and that flu easily circulates through April and beyond. But Australia's experience suggests effectiveness was only about 10 percent.

"One of the great things about the vaccine is even if you get the flu and you've been vaccinated, it could really reduce your symptoms", said Stoughton.

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Just like many doctors Dr. Studies have shown that it is effective in reducing chances of death in children. Adults over the age of 65 were most likely to be hospitalized, at a rate of 98.0 per 100,000 population, almost doubling last week's rate of 56.6.

Health officials say it takes about two weeks following the administration of the vaccine for the recipient to develop protection.

For more information on the flu, visit Summit County Public Health or the Ohio Department of Health. Check the Vaccine Finder website at vaccinefinder.org for a location near you.

"We are in close contact with the vaccine manufacturers and we are confident there is sufficient vaccine availability". That's why health officials say it's so important to stay home from work or school when you're sick. Disinfect surfaces that you touch frequently, which become a hotbed for germs. Eating a balanced diet, reducing stress, drinking plenty of fluids, and exercising daily builds strong immune systems.

Because elderly people are so vulnerable to the flu, some nursing homes and assisted-living facilities may limit visitors and resident activities, depending on the level of illness. Flu symptoms can include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. You can go to a local pharmacy or your doctor's office. Those at highest risk for flu complications are pregnant women; the elderly; children younger than 5; and people with asthma, diabetes, chronic heart and lung disease and other chronic conditions.

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