Georgia health agency warns of widespread flu, urges shots

Montana News Flu widespread in Montana, health officials say MTN News 12:40 PM, Dec 21

Flu period begins early and through an unusual virus

"Sadly, flu strains now in circulation this season have hit the young very hard", said Nigel Turner, division director for the Communicable Disease Control Division. Texas Health and Human Services indicates the Greater Houston area isn't among the areas being hit hardest. According to Young, 95% of early flu cases are usually predominantly Influenza A and 5% are usually Influenza B. This season, Young said about 2/3 of the cases Denver Health has seen are Influenza B - and no one knows why.

The first influenza-related adult death (over 65 years of age) was reported last week. Free flu vaccines are also available at the Shelby County Health Department in Memphis and the Metro Public Health Department in Nashville, in addition to health departments run by the state throughout Tennessee, the state said.

Flu-like symptoms include: fever, cough, chills, runny or stuffy nose, sore throat and headache.

Activity is being caused mostly by influenza B/Victoria viruses, which is unusual for this time of year.

"It is important to do everything you can to ensure you're not passing along the flu virus to them, so get your flu shot for grandma's sake".

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As a comparison, during the 2017-2018 flu season, ILI activity began to increase in November, reaching an extended period of high activity during January and February, and remained elevated through the end of March. But of the 293 hospitalizations reported due to influenza in Colorado so far this season, most are influenza B.

Gianni Del Negro, a London Drugs pharmacist, said in a press release the vaccine will protect not only those who receive the shot but, also, the vulnerable people they may come into contact with over Christmas. Four of the six already had health conditions, which may have made them more prone to complications from the flu.

Avoid people who appear sick.

Between 9 - 45 million people get flu every year in the U.S.

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