Health Officials Say It's Not Too Late For Flu Shots

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Researchers used seasonal flu data to calculate influenza-related respiratory death rates for 33 countries, which together account for 57% of the world's population.

The Division of Public Health (DPH) is reporting the first flu-related death of the 2017-2018 flu season.

While there has been a lot of discussion about vaccine efficiency after an article from Australia reported only 10 percent effectiveness this year, there's more to the story than that, Lantrip said.

Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

"One, 10% is still better than none and also when it's less effective you nearly really do need to get it because now we really need to make sure that as many people that we can are resistant to the virus", said Dr. Hetal Thakore, Medical Director, Doctors Hospital.

It is not too late to get vaccinated and there are ample amounts of the vaccine available.

Rodriquez said that even if you get vaccinated in January, February or March, it's much better than not being vaccinated at all. Simply enter your zip code or city and state to find mapped locations of flu vaccine clinics.

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The Centers for Disease Control are showing sharp increases in the number of positive tests for the virus.

At this time of the year, it's important to keep your distance from others if you have cold or flu-like symptoms. Millions of people have safely received flu vaccines for decades.

Zucker described influenza as a serious illness that can lead to hospitalization or death.

If you visit the doctor during the flu season, ask whether all of the people in the office have been vaccinated.

Flu vaccination can reduce the risk of flu-associated hospitalization, including among children and older adults. You may have joined this year's early flu season.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, flu deaths were especially prevalent among people who live in poorer nations-particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, where medical resources tend to be sparse-as well as among people 75 and older. High flu activity has continued in 3 states - Louisiana, Mississippi, and SC - and laboratory testing of respiratory specimens shows that influenza A (H3N2) has continued to be predominant this flu season.

Flu vaccination also has been shown to be associated with reduced hospitalizations among people with diabetes (79 percent) and chronic lung disease (52 percent). "Pregnant women should receive influenza vaccination in order to protect not only themselves but also their infants".

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