"It's not too late for people to get the flu shot, which this year has been shown to be a good match with the strains of the virus circulation". Flu shots can be given out at the Mason County Health Department, at many local pharmacies and at doctors' offices.
While everybody can get the flu, undoubtedly, the H1N1 influenza strain is much unsafe to kids and young adults, but also for people with weakened immune systems.
Flu shots will also be offered at the Bellmawr Regional Health Center located at 35 Browning Road in Bellmawr on Mondays from 1 to 4 p.m. and Fridays from 9 a.m.to 4 p.m. Aside from immunization, basic hygiene such as frequently washing hands, getting plenty of sleep and staying away from sick people helps prevent spread of the flu.
Flu vaccine for adults 19 years and older is $30, with High-Dose flu vaccine for adults 65 years and older $50.
Getting vaccinated is especially important in Georgia, which was the first state in the U.S.to report "widespread" flu activity this season (on December 2). "H1N1 does tend to affect people who are a bit younger more, and so across the country we have seen more cases of severe illness in younger pediatric populations".
Last year, we opened 2018 urging those who had not yet received a flu shot to get one.
If you do get sick, stay home until you're fever-free for 24 hours.
The bad news is the DPH said over 300 people have been hospitalized with the flu.
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Health officials expected the increase, as the holiday season brought people together with family and friends - and their germs!
Common symptoms include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, body aches and fatigue.
At least four children in IL died from the flu previous year.
Children 6 months old and younger typically have antibodies in their system passed on by their mothers, and after that, it can take children up to five years to develop a strong immune system. Flu cases have also been confirmed at University Park.
Jennifer Thomas, nursing director and administrator at the Mason County Health Department, said flu season can begin as early as September and last as long as April.
According to the CDC website, vaccines are recommended to contain H1N1, H3N2 and Victoria lineage-all different types of influenza.
The CDC reviews the effectiveness of the vaccine each year and often bases expectations on how virulent the strain was and how it was treated in the southern hemisphere, such as Australia.
"So we're probably on track to coming up to more of our peak activity in the next couple of weeks or so".