Flu season officially began in September and, the CDC says, activity is high across Texas and the U.S. So far this season some 170.7 million doses of flu vaccine have been distributed.
You can find more information on the flu vaccine and where to get it in SC on the DHEC website.
Flu is widespread across the country, with Pennsylvania having a high infection rate among 34 states.
The boy is New Mexico's first pediatric influenza death of the 2019-20 season that already has registered 52 pneumonia and influenza-related deaths since October, officials said in a news release.
Unlike the common cold, the flu has a swift onset of severe symptoms beginning with two to seven days of fever, headache, muscle aches, extreme fatigue, and a cough, and is very contagious.
Along with the flu shot, the CDC recommends preventative actions, such as staying away from people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes and frequent hand-washing to help slow the spread of germs.
We are in the middle of the Influenza (flu) season which occurs anywhere from November of each year to March of the following year. While some people who are immunized may still get infected with the virus, the flu vaccine can drastically reduce the length and severity of the illness.
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Since Sept. 1, 28 people in the London area have been hospitalized for the flu, the health unit said in a report made public Wednesday.
Baptist Health is asking visitors to use caution and to not visit the hospital if they have flu symptoms.
There may be another four months of the flu season, so a flu shot is still not superfluous.
Avoid sharing cups, straws or anything that goes in the mouth.
Wash hands often with soap and water.
Flu vaccines are offered at health care providers' offices, clinics, county health departments, pharmacies, schools, college health centers and from many employers.
Keep well-hydrated and get enough sleep / rest for optimal functioning of your immune system.