"There is high flu activity throughout the state so it's important for those who have not yet gotten a flu shot - especially health care workers - to get one", the state department of health reminded residents. With the flu now in its peak season, experts at Auburn University's Harrison School of Pharmacy encourage people to take advantage of the vaccine.
"We are seeing the shift from the elderly people in the last couple of years, while this year is more of a younger demographic", said Dr. Silvina Mema, Interior Health Medical Health Officer.
However, overall the province has given 278,000 doses of the vaccine, up eight per cent from past year.
The state Department of Health announced Tuesday the child from central New Jersey died in late December.
Providence hospitals in Olympia and Centralia are taking extra steps to prevent the spread of flu after seeing more people with flu or flu-like symptoms this month. That's the strain that was circulating widely last year, when we had a really bad year for flu.
"If you are sick with flu-like symptoms - fever, shaking, chills, shivering, cough - make sure you are not exposing other people", he said.
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He had several drop-kicks during the season, as recently as Week 16 when Janikowski left with an injury but returned to the game. New England has covered in six of its previous eight home games and was favored by at least 5.5 points in all of them.
According to the CDC website, vaccines are recommended to contain H1N1, H3N2 and Victoria lineage-all different types of influenza. If people get their vaccine at a Safeway, they will get a 10 percent off coupon for their next grocery purchase. Appointments are also now being accepted for the flu vaccine.
"The benefits of getting a flu shot are not only that you protect yourself, but you're protecting others around you too", Price said. Most of the deaths occurred in patients who were over the age of 65.
"We also have good evidence that having a flu shot greatly reduces the risk of hospitalization or death even for those who do get the flu anyway", he added. While the CDC recommends that people get vaccinated against the flu by the end of October, getting a flu shot later can still be beneficial.
Q: Last year's flu vaccine was about 40 percent effective, according to the CDC. "You should also avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, stay at home when you are sick and cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze".
Q: If you do get the flu this season, is there anything you can do to help reduce the symptoms? Flu shots are $20 for everyone age 2 and older.