Flu cases jump in Lee County

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The flu season began early this year, in November, and has hit the region's children and young adults harder than in past years.

This year's strain of influenza is now considered "widespread" in Alabama and is likely to increase, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

According to a recent survey by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, 43 percent of American adults said they had already received a flu shot. Last year, the flu killed more than 80,000 Americans, including a record 185 children.

"Vaccination - although not flawless - still prevents many infections completely, and even if you get influenza having received the vaccine, your illness is much more likely to be milder, and you're less likely to get the complications of pneumonia and having to be hospitalized".

The short answer is no. Health officials say you should also be sure to cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, wash your hands regularly, sanitize surfaces, and limit contact with others as much as possible. Overall, there have been 2,083 cases reported this flu season, down from 10,335 at this time past year.

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While there were 64 new lab-confirmed cases of the flu reported in the last week of December, it was a drastic drop from the week before which saw 294 new cases.

"You may get some chills, you may get some body aches, but that's the vaccine working". "A lot of it's dependent on how many people are protected, how many people are getting it and how many they're exposing others to". There are two types of TRICARE-authorized providers: Network and Non-Network. for the flu shot if the pharmacy has restrictions or the shot isn't available. People at high risk of serious flu complications include (1) young children, (2) pregnant women, (3) people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease and (4) people 65 years and older.

The symptoms are similar to seasonal flu symptoms. She said one of the common reasons she hears is because people believe the flu shot can give them the flu. Most likely the person was exposed before the vaccination.

What Really Makes You Sick? . But there are some symptoms that only come with the flu that might help those who are sick confirm that they have the flu instead of a cold.

Regular hand washing, getting the flu shot, and sneezing into your arm rather than your hand are important preventive measures.

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