Early flu season could leave more North Dakotans sick

National Influenza Week stresses importance of vaccinations

News'13's Bobby Poitevint last week spoke with experts to see if this year's flu vaccines are killing the bug.

Health experts are warning that this year could be a rough year for the the flu. "They present with the typical symptoms of fever chills cough sore throat muscle aches".

Although it is relatively early in this flu season, influenza activity in SC at this point has been higher than normal. A typical case can last close to a week; serious complications include dehydration and pneumonia.

Flu shot rates are lower than hoped this year, new CDC figures reveal as America hurtles towards one of the worst flu seasons in years.

Flu Facts for Seniors People over the age of 65 have an even greater chance of experiencing flu complications.

"The most predictable thing about flu is that it's unpredictable", Brammer said.

"They had quite a substantial epidemic due to H3N2, so there's a lot of speculation that that's foreboding a severe season for us also", she said from Vancouver. "It's a good guess that H3N2 will predominate, and that's worrisome", he said.

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And most importantly, by offering a vague denial of the reports by his accusers, he encouraged voters to doubt and shame them. Republicans are eager to recapture a seat that Franken won in 2008 by a tiny margin and only after a monthslong recount.

"Because there is a risk, there should be a choice", Smith said.

Doctors have been warning of a bad flu season in the United States because of what happened in Australia.

Children, especially those with underlying health conditions, are at higher risk of severe outcomes from influnza infection. Flu vaccines offer lasting protection against the flu for the entire flu season. The cost of adult flu vaccine is $25.00. "H3N2 seasons have been more severe in terms of hospitalization and death, especially in the elderly and young children; that's a concern".

Dr. Allison McGeer, director of infection control at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, said lab testing in Ontario is turning up "quite a lot of B isolates, almost as many Bs as H3N2".

Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University, said that vaccine effectiveness is not a simple measure.

You can find out where to get a flu shot here. The nasal spray vaccine that has been available in recent years is no longer considered effective and is not available.

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