"People at greater risk for complications from the flu should seek medical care as soon as they begin to feel ill, whether or not they have been vaccinated". "A less than ideal match may result in reduced vaccine effectiveness against the flu virus that is different from what is in the flu vaccine, but it can still provide some protection against flu illness".
Public health influenza vaccination clinics are available at county health departments, medical providers and pharmacies throughout the state. Last year, the flu vaccine was 39 percent effective.
An update released Thursday says that more than half of the people hospitalized for flu are age 50 and up.
With the 2017-18 flu season off to an ominous start, Marin County has reported its first death caused by an influenza virus infection in an individual under 65.
But health officials say it's too early to say if the flu shot is less effective this year or if the flu season peaked earlier.
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Haggie said there have been 16 lab-confirmed cases so far this flu season, with six of those cases requiring hospitalization; of those six, two people wound up in intensive care. Flu can also aggravate underlying health conditions like heart disease or asthma.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association previous year criticized the provincial decision to stop paying doctors to give the shot in favour of more free clinics.
"The most important thing people can do to help our family and loved ones is to get the vaccination rates up", Teacutter said.
The most recent numbers from the Department of Health show things in this province seem fairly normal in terms of the amount of influenza being spread. "The H3N2 virus also tends to affect the age-65 age group a little more, and we have a lot of those in Marin".
Anton encouraged people to get flu shots if they haven't already and, if infected, to stay home and be aware.
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Flu symptoms include severe muscle or body aches, chills, a fever that lasts several days, headaches, fatigue, severe chest discomfort and a cough.
Dr. Even said signs that an emergency room visit might be needed include: lack of appetite, vomiting, confusion and difficulty breathing.
Flu season is hitting the area and the nation hard this year. "Even said." We're hoping to see a peak, and it's going to come down but it is still just January.
The California Department of Public Health recommends that all flu patients who are hospitalized or at higher risk for complications should be treated with an antiviral medication, such as Tamiflu. Flu typically peaks in February and March.
Health officials also urged people to continue to practice good hygiene such as hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes, not touching the eyes, nose, or mouth, and staying home if sick.
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