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Health officials step up flu prevention efforts in Georgia

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A Fluzone influenza vaccine is shown at Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy in San Francisco Tuesday Jan. 9 2018. Flu-related deaths in California are higher than usual so far this season and most victims were not vaccinated state health officials said Tues

Nationally, the Center for Disease Control reported 15,376 cases of Influenza A and 730 cases of Influenza B for the 2017-2018 flu season.

So far, influenza A/H3 viruses have been most common this season, however, influenza A/H1 and influenza B are also circulating. "Often times in rural areas people are sicker, especially with chronic illnesses that may or may not be attended to", Dr. Castellaw said. "The ending season of Influenza A overlaps with the beginning season of Influenza B, even though it is possible to contract the flu year-round".

■ Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

In this very active flu season, the chances are high that you or someone you know will catch the virus.

But it is preventing only 10 to 20 per cent of infections caused by the dominant H3N2 strain affecting Canadians.

It has proven a challenge to the vaccine.

A flu strain called H3N2 has been most dominant virus infecting people this season. The flu is highly contagious and could spread throughout the workplace.

Both Missouri and Kansas, like every state except OR and Hawaii, have witnessed "widespread" flu activity this season - defined by the CDC as outbreaks in at least half the regions of a state.

High levels of flu-like illness are being reported in 42 states and hospitalizations for flu continue to rise across the country. The Office of Public Health monitors patients with flu-like symptoms using a health care provider surveillance system.

She also complains about people without true emergencies crowding into waiting rooms, next to people with the flu.

The Eagle asked Amie Worthington, a medical investigator with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, that question and more. People can have the respiratory symptoms without a fever.

The North Georgia Health District says they've been hit extremely hard by the flu epidemic.

To help boost these rates, UCSB Student Health offers flu vaccination clinics.

Wash your hands with soap and water.

"There are about three different medications that are antivirals that help with the flu, Tamiflu is the most popular, that's the one that we carry". The vaccine begins to protect the recipient from the flu in about two weeks.

Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue, and sometime diarrhea or vomiting.

Some steps to prevent the flu include getting vaccinated, staying home if sick, washing hands, staying hydrated, covering up when sneezing or coughing and cleaning recently used items, according to the medical services website.

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) that for the first 14 weeks of the 2017-2018 flu season ending January 13, total deaths from the epidemic for people younger than age 65 spiked from 42 to 74.

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