Severe Flu Season Tightens Its Grip on US

Get ready, some medical experts are predicting the worst flu season in history

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"We are also concerned if a patient's immune system is not healthy", Fries explained.

Elaine, pictured above, said: "If you already have the flu we'd advise people to follow the message "Catch It, Bin It, Kill It".

This year's flu vaccine is also considered to be only about 10% - 30% percent effective, and doctors are also having to treat two different strains of the virus.

As much as possible, avoid people who are sick. Part of it is, there are reports about the flu vaccine not matching up to a certain type of influenza A as well as it had done in the past.

"The "Aussie flu", H3N2, is the same strain that was circulating previous year and is not unusual", she added.

Flu season officially begins in October but this year's particularly risky strain, H3N2, has come relatively early and the season has not reached its peak yet. "You will see more spread and more malady, and that is what's occurring".

She said that the move to exclusively single bed rooms at the new Dumfries Infirmary meant there had been no cases of it being transferred from one patient to another.

Because elderly people are so vulnerable to the flu, some nursing homes and assisted living facilities may limit visitors and resident activities, depending on the level of illness.

"We use in Canada an egg-based media to grow the vaccine and there has been some evidence to show based on studies that there may be some mutations of the virus when it's growing in that media, so that's why we are seeing the decreased effectiveness in this years vaccine", said Dr.Waters. RiteAid pharmacy manager, Arash Kohan, stressed getting the flu shot not only protects you but everyone with whom you interact.




If you get the flu, see a doctor for an anti-viral prescription such as Tamiflu within 48 hours of symptoms (Tamiflu now has limited, if any, availability due to doctors prescribing it as a preventative measure which has depleted the supply for those who have the flu).

It takes two weeks for it to protect you.

The good news, according to health experts, is that it's not too late to reduce your risk by getting a flu shot.

Wash your hands, and let's get through this together. Check the Vaccine Finder website for a location near you.

These anti-viral agents work only when given within 48 hours of the onset of flu symptoms.

The shot is created to defend against the top three or four flu viruses that researchers expect will cause the most illness during the flu season. As a result, flu season usually strikes later than in other regions.

Flu vaccines have been updated to better match circulating viruses.

A quadrivalent recombinant flu vaccine (a vaccine created to protect against four different flu viruses; two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses), is available this season.

The terrifying strain mainly affects older people, those with long-term health conditions, pregnant women and children.

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