Fewer people getting flu shots, fewer influenza cases so far this season

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Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital Dr. Patients can make an appointment by calling 457-4180 or using the online St. Peter's Health Patient Portal. Other common symptoms include headache, chills, fatigue, loss of appetite and sore throat. In comparison with influenza A, influenza B is fairly stable and is not changing so many adults have immunity from earlier infection in life.

Nursey and NICU visits are being restricted to parents only.

All 53 regions in Canada reported influenza activity, said PHAC, adding the level of flu activity that was reported also increased compared to the previous week.

"The flu doesn't distinguish", she said.

"It's hard to tell why the numbers are higher this year than last year", said Layne Blackwell, the Regional Epidemiologist at the Barren River District Health Department.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says the U.S.is on track to see one of the worst flu seasons in decades, with widespread activity reported in most states, including Tennessee.

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It is not too late to receive your seasonal flu vaccine.

"If you're just coming (down) and you're this sick already, there's a good chance you're going to get sicker and you might be in trouble by that time", Schwieterman said. "It can protect mice from different strains of influenza virus", said Ph.D. student Ye Wang, first author of the study published in the journal Advanced Healthcare Materials. Of course, children in need of medical care should not be dissuaded from receiving it at the hospital; the restriction applies only to potential visitors of patients.

Niagara Public Health says the more than 200 cases we've had so far since the season began in late October is "typical" in comparison to other years.

CBC reported that the person who passed away from influenza was a senior over the age of 65 years old.

This suggests the vaccine could be a "universal" flu shot that would eliminate the need to be vaccinated each season, the release says.

"Getting flu vaccine is especially important for persons with chronic health conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease-to decrease their risk of severe flu illness".

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