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Health Dept. Urges Everyone To Get Flu Shot

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People wear face masks outside the Princess Margaret Hospital

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believes it is a little worse than last year's season, with every state reporting influenza outbreaks.

Gurdock says ideally you should get your flu shot by the end of October but it's never too late. Please contact your healthcare provider if you have not received a flu shot. At present, health officials must make an educated guess as to what will be the most unsafe and virulent strains of influenza in nine months, to give manufacturers time to produce the correct vaccine.

As of Monday, children under 12 were prohibited from visiting Cape Fear Valley hospitals until further notice.

Pharmacy Association of Saskatchewan CEO Dawn Martin said that this is a major increase over the 56,000 shots administered by pharmacists last flu season. Not all H3 seasons are severe but a lot of them more, Brammer explained.

Influenza activity is spiking in many parts of the Garden State, including Monmouth, Bergen, Essex and Ocean counties.

He added, "We'll lift the restriction as soon as we can".

This time past year the county had reported three flu-related deaths.

"It's important for us to take it seriously because it is a very serious virus". This year's flu is widespread in Northern California and we are now getting into the high point of the flu season. Early treatment could cut the duration of a hospital stay for older adults and reduce their risk of needing extended care after discharge. "It could be a year-long, daily vaccination activity, not just focused in the fall", said William Schaffner, medical director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. The peak flu season is typically December through February, and may continue until May.

Almost 600 confirmed cases of influenza have been reported in Saskatchewan so far this flu season. Dr. Shahab said there has been one confirmed death from the flu this season. "Viruses change and immunity wanes over a year so annual vaccination is needed to ensure the best possible protection against influenza".

A 65-year-old Napa County resident died on Thursday from an influenza virus infection, Napa County Public Health reported Friday. These steps include frequent hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home when ill. Make sure to wash your hands frequently with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, which you can find in many dispensers available around campus.

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