Health officials bracing for very busy flu season

Medical worker wearing protective gloves prepares to administer a flu shot

These days, she's been answering a lot of questions about whether pregnant women should get flu shots, after a study that was published last month. While it is recommended to get vaccinated early in the fall, later vaccinations - all the way through January - can still be beneficial.

To avoid the spread of these germs, Dr. Brahmbhatt added that cleaning your phone daily with a cloth and anti-viral cleanser will help keep you healthy on and off of the toilet.

"You will not only lessen your chance of getting the flu, you will also limit the likelihood of passing the virus onto family members or colleagues who have a chronic illness or to a newborn infant, for whom influenza can be a very serious health concern", Burstein said. "It is a choice, but we strongly encourage them to get immunized".

That number dropped to 31.1 per cent a year ago. Flu vaccines protect against the three aforementioned viruses which commonly cause disease each year.

Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated.

The illness can spread from person to person through breathing, coughing and sneezing. "We also advise visitors to clean their hands at a hand washing station as they enter and exit the facility".

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"So far this year more than 500 children aged under five admitted to public hospitals have tested positive for influenza".

For the week ending October 14-the second week of the 2017-2018 flu season-surveillance data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows a growing flu season across the United States.

In 2016, the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice voted to stop recommending the nasal spray live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV), while continuing to recommend the injectable inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV) or recombinant influenza vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older.

The flu vaccine is now available at doctor's offices and walk-in clinics throughout the city and county. That's why health officials are urging county residents to obtain their flu shots now.

Reach Kristy D. Carter at 910-592-8137, ext.

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