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Find a flu shot before the flu finds you, health officials warn

Find a flu shot before the flu finds you, health officials warn

Finally in a follow-up on the situation in Arizona, The Arizona Department of Health Services released data Wednesday that shows influenza activity continues to rise statewide.

According to the City of Houston Health Department, two women in their 60's have died.

Ledford, the county's Public Health Director, stressed that the flu is a serious, contagious disease and is reiterating the importance of getting a vaccine.

Because the flu is so bad this season, Chen says health professionals are doing things a bit differently this year. Texas is among 22 states considered to have the highest amount of flu cases in the U.S.by the end of 2017. In the last three decades, 75 percent of flu seasons peaked between December and February.

Out of the 427 cases of students with flu-like symptoms, 118 cases were confirmed with the flu since the beginning of the school year.

Hospitals report the cases they are seeing are mostly Influenza A. St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids reports the flu season seems to be peaking about a month compared to past years.

That being said, the best way to protect against the flu is to get the vaccine. Whitehead repeatedly stressed for individuals to wash their hands.




Experts say this year's flu vaccine is only 30% effective, saying the H3N2 strain, is tough to fight.

"If you're eligible, please make getting the vaccination a priority and book an appointment with your GP practice or health board as soon as possible".

In the Houston area, almost 42 percent of emergency room visits for flu-related symptoms have been from children, ages 4 and under. It just zaps all your strength.

"Influenza vaccine is still available and people can still get immunized".

The outbreaks has prompted hospitals to limit visits by children to keep the virus from spreading within their walls. ABC13 also spoke with Mike Kosak.

The proclamation also directs state agencies to assist affected communities and entities. Kosak said you'd be surprised how long the virus can survive in the environment.

Following recent reports of Aussie Flu and now French Flu viruses sweeping the country, now doctors in the United Kingdom are encouraging parents to have their kids vaccinated against Yamagata flu strain. "Tell children to count the ABCs".


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