The local flu watch activity level is set at Level 3, localized with at least one ongoing laboratory-confirmed influenza outbreak in an institution. With so many people are coming in with flu-like symptoms, hospitals across the country including New Orleans, are dealing with a critical care bed shortage.
Officials say that they will be administering the vaccine at the Hampton Health Department office building, located at 3130 Victoria Blvd. However, Schuchat says, "we are by no means out of the woods". "I think this year we're up to about 250 flu shots".
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports flu is widespread throughout Georgia and more than 300 people have been hospitalized with flu-related illness across the state. However, experts emphasize that the vaccine still offers some protection and can reduce the severity of illness if you do get infected.
Services like Rutgers Student Medical Services and the Eric B. Chandler Health Center are available to students and people who want to get their flu shot.
People who become sick with the flu will often recover in a few days to less than two weeks.
The flu is spread through mucus droplets through the air from coughing and sneezing. These droplets can get into the mouths or noses of people nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs, or linger on surfaces nearby.
A doctor and nurse confer inside a room used for flu patients at Northside Hospital in Cumming, Ga. "So, just really, really being vigilant about washing hands and keeping things sanitized and clean cuts down the chance of spreading things". Doorknobs, countertops, airplane tray tables, computer keyboards and phones can silently transfer germs from one person to another. They are also asking those who are sick to wear a mask before entering their buildings.
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Cover coughs and sneezes properly.
"There's no way to fully tell that until the end of the season", said Hawkinson, "Judging from Australia and the southern hemisphere it doesn't seem like the vaccine this year would be very effective".
The proportion of outpatient hospital visits for flu-like symptoms was 6.6 percent, which is higher than national baseline of 2.2 percent.
UC Santa Barbara Student Health diagnosed 28 students with the flu and 84 with an influenza-like illness between October 1, 2017 and February 1, 2018.
"As of now, improving flu vaccination rates is our best bet at reducing that number", Javanbakht said in an email.
Canada's flu season so far has been milder with more of a mix of strains. This includes babies and young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions and people 65 years and older. "In addition, prescription antiviral medications may help treat the flu", says Dr. Webster.