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Influenza strain worse this flu season than past year

Influenza strain worse this flu season than past year

Flu deaths of Californians under 65 soared again in the latest reporting period and now total 74, according to state public health officials on Friday.

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Despite this year's vaccine being only 10 percent effective, health officials recommend inoculation - especially for children, adults over the age of 65, pregnant women and people with pre-existing health conditions. A flu shot is the absolute best way to decrease your chance of developing the flu and decrease the severity of your illness, should you come down with the flu. An in-depth look from Vox shows the outbreak is especially aggressive because part of the strain - H3N2 in science terms - is hard to prevent even with a shot.

Stay home if you are sick - Flu is highly contagious.

"Mississippi hospitals, like those across the country, are experiencing a huge influx of patients due to the flu and are taking necessary steps to ensure patients receive appropriate care in the appropriate setting", Timothy H. Moore, the president and CEO of MHA, said.

Doctors said they'll tackle everything from why the flu is so bad this year to how people can protect themselves.

The CDC's 2017-2018 Influenza Season Week I report, ending January 6, 2018, reports that the proportion of outpatient visits for influenza-like illness was 5.8 percent which is above the national baseline of 2.2 percent.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reports that influenza activity has declined over the last two weeks; however, activity is still widespread and higher than peak levels observed during recent seasons.

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Flu symptoms may include body aches, cough, chills, diarrhea, fatigue, fever, headache, runny or stuffy nose, sore throat and vomiting.

Ballard said that the flu season typically runs until late spring so there is still time to get vaccinated.

Over 3,300 confirmed cases of the flu have been reported to the Washoe County Health District this flu season, leading to at least seven fatalities.

The vaccine being given in the the same strain as that in Australia, but researchers are still encouraging everyone to get the shot.

The best way to prevent the flu is by washing your hands and getting the vaccine. Individuals who are already infected should stay home from work or school to prevent spreading flu to others, and seek immediate medical attention if symptoms become severe.