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"It's not too late to get the vaccine this season". "It's to educate students on why they should get the flu vaccines and not just the pros and cons of it, but how to prevent it". It's been hard for researchers to check how well the revised product works, in part because in the last two years another type of flu - not swine flu - has caused most of each season's illnesses.

Coined by the New York Times as the worst flu season in almost a decade, the number of flu-related incidences and hospitalizations continues to increase in the US.

When the calendar flips from January to February, Virginians can count on a few things: a little more sunlight, slightly warmer temperatures, and most welcome of all, the beginning of the end of yet another flu season.

'We conducted this study because pregnant women are especially concerned about how any exposure during pregnancy could potentially negatively impact their children, ' said lead study author Dr Lakshmi Sukumaran, of the immunization safety office at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

Among the babies hospitalized in the study, 4,644, or 18 percent, had respiratory problems, two percent had influenza and three percent had pertussis, the study found.

But Grohskopf pointed out that no one can know that until there's a flu season in which H1N1 is the dominant strain.

No matter the patient population, doctors believe getting a second flu shot isn't harmful. According to the NY Times, Senator Chuck Schumer asked the federal government to appoint a "domestic flu surveillance team" to collect data to better target the flu.

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As the flu continues to be unrelenting in pediatric cases throughout the state, the CDC wants parents to consider getting a second flu shot for their children. H3N2 is the most lethal of the seasonal strains and has been around for 50 years. Hospitals also warn patients that heading to the emergency room should be a last resort rather than a first option.

Apprehension and misinformation about the flu and flu vaccinations spread online can easily be debunked by referencing accredited sources. Unlike shots made from a killed virus, it is made from a live but weakened flu virus. Flu shots are also available at pharmacies such as CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid. Symptoms of the flu include fever, muscle aches, fatigue, headaches, vomiting, sore throat, or diarrhea. "This is nothing compared to either the symptoms or duration of the flu!"

"Influenza deaths are very unfortunate, but they occur in higher numbers during a severe flu season", said Wilma Wooten M.D., M.P.H., San Diego County public health officer.

Flu activity has been rated as "high" throughout most of the country. A 10-year-old girl with underlying health conditions died this month, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

As of last week, influenza has sent 3,550 people to the hospital in the state. Hospitalization rates presage death rates, so there is gravity in this data.

"The flu vaccine is recommended at any point during pregnancy", Sukumaran said.

But some manufacturers are reporting delays when it comes to antiviral drugs.



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