Department of Health Urges Flu Shots as Influenza on the Rise

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Health officials say during the past two flu seasons, Arizona did not reach widespread activity until February.

The most compelling statistic is the increase in reported flu cases from this time a year ago.

Officials say flu activity began earlier this season than usual.

DPHHS says cases of the flu are slightly higher then they were at this time in 2016.

The adult flu vaccine is available at the Dallas County immunization clinic located at 2377 N. Stemmons Fwy and the children's vaccine is available at all Dallas County Health and Human Services immunization clinics.

"It is not too late to get a flu shot". "It is actually even thought that those who receive the flu vaccine, even if you are exposed to influenza, it may temporize the disease to a certain extent".

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Symptoms of influenza include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. "In order to prevent potentially life-threatening complications among the most vulnerable members of our community, including the elderly, pregnant women and people with underlying health conditions, MCMC has chose to stand with a large part of the health care community and require staff to get the flu vaccine or wear a mask".

"While most people who do become ill with flu can be safely cared for at home, there are some symptoms that should trigger immediate emergency care", stated the release.

Dr. Richard Roberts, head of the vaccine preventable disease programme at Public Health Wales, echoed what Dr. Owen said: "The nasal spray vaccine provides very effective protection for children against influenza and it works best if given before flu starts to circulate".

"Flu vaccination prevents millions of illnesses and tens of thousands of flu-related hospitalizations each year in the U.S". Sometimes, the vaccine fails due to a mismatch of virus strains.

The total number of people in the county who have been hospitalized with the flu is up to 30, she said. "So if you're traveling to another part of the USA where there's a flu outbreak, the close proximity to people will contribute to the virus being transmitted". "His death is a reminder of how serious the flu can be, especially among vulnerable populations", said DPH director Karyl Rattay, MD, MS.

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