Health department offers free flu vaccine - while supplies last

Health department offers free flu vaccine - while supplies last

"Influenza is in full swing in Canada", said Tam, noting that this year's flu season started earlier than normal. The other type of vaccine - called "trivalent" because it covers three strains of flu - "unfortunately" doesn't cover that B strain.

The state's top health official is encouraging Hoosiers who haven't gotten a flu shot to get one.

Nine states experienced minimal ILI activity (Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Maine, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Rhode Island, and Vermont).

Dr. Basye said even though the flu shot is not at peak effectiveness, it is still better to get the vaccine than going without it, especially those with weaker immune systems like young children and the elderly.

Pneumonia is a common influenza-related complication and can often prove fatal.

Churches in Northern Ireland have even banned the "sign of peace" handshakes in an effort to curb the risk of infection which has caused one death in the Republic of Ireland. Additional ILINet data, including national, regional, and select state-level data for the current and previous seasons, can be found at Twenty-seven people younger than 65 have died as result of the outbreak while only three died during the same period a year ago.

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About 155,000 could die in 21 days at the height of the flu outbreak, which includes the devastating Aussie virus. Many others can not call in sick due to the precarious nature of their employment, putting neighbors and family at risk of infection.

"It tends to be more severe".

Emergency rooms in and around the Los Angeles area are so crowded that ambulances are unable to immediately unload their patients. UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, for example, typically sees around 140 patients per day.

Hospitals have been overwhelmed with the influx of infected patients that hospitals in the San Francisco Bay Area are limiting visitors under the age of 16 as a precaution.

Dr. O'Keefe adds that this year's flu isn't like recent years, and every year is different.

There have been 25 flu-related deaths in Indiana as of December 30, 2017, the Indiana State Department of Health said in a news release issued today.

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Several hospitals throughout the state have resorted to setting up makeshift emergency facilities in outdoor tents to take care of the patient flow.

Health officials noted that flu-like symptoms among children as well as adults may improve but then return with fever and a worse cough.

As hospitals and emergency services are overcrowded with patents due to the outbreak of disease, health insurance company profits are increasing at high levels.

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