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UT Medical reports six deaths from flu in January

Pediatricians, parents concerned as flu cases continue to climb

Dr. Steve Shelton is the medical director for emergency preparedness at Palmetto Health Richland.

"Providence Alaska Medical Center is seeing cases of patients with flu-like symptoms", Mikal Canfield, Providence spokesman, said.

"We have flu every single year". Colleges like Bowdoin that draw from national and worldwide crowds are hard.

Try to avoid close contact with sick people. Alchohol-based hand rubs also do a good job of killing off the harmful bacteria and flu-causing virus. Another hospital in the Atlanta area this week set up a mobile ER outside to handle flu cases. Anyone six months or older can receive the shot.

The flu has always led to other complications, but the bacteria associated with this year's flu seems to be leading to more serious complications, like pneumonia, more easily, say doctors.

With only 40 left, Maher noted a potential shortage.

"With more global movement of dogs and increased mobility of rescue dogs, we may keep seeing new strains introduced", Walsh said.

Flu symptoms and their intensity can vary from person to person, and can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.

"Because we look at Northern Virginia as a whole, we can't particularly say that Alexandria's being hit harder", Chommanard said.

To prevent the spread of the virus, Dining Services offers boxed meals for sick students. Influenza A strain H3N2 is a strain that can change and move rapidly. Coughing has been a sort of constant background music here at the Tribune office, where two of us have battled illness this winter. "It's just a different location and allows us to take the bed upstairs that they were discharged from and get it ready for that next patient to come in more efficiently", said Shelton.

However, researchers have found the effectiveness of this season's flu shot to be extremely low, with the vaccine preventing only 10 to 20 per cent of infections caused by the dominant H3N2 strain.

The primary goal of the flu vaccine seems to be to make the government look like it's being effective and to enrich certain drug companies.

In the USA, annual flu shots are recommended for everyone age 6 months or older. "This year's is not one of those, so it will only be partially effective towards the flu". "Beyond the flu, we want to make sure we don't bring in other things like heartworm [because] we want to be sure to protect our own community's animal health". The reason that some people opt against getting the vaccine is because they fear the shot will give them the flu, said Rumpf, which is not true. Wash your hands often and disinfect surfaces that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

Given the prevalence of influenza this year, there is little doubt that Bowdoin will continue to be affected.