Health officials: 135 people hospitalized with the flu this season

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Since it takes about two weeks to become fully effective, a flu shot now will confer protection against illness for the holidays and through the rest of the season, which typically winds down by March or April.

At the end of its flu season in mid-August, Australia had more than 93,000 laboratory-confirmed cases - nearly 2.5 times the number of infections and double the number of hospitalizations and deaths compared to the previous year, the country's disease surveillance system reported. He says the best way to avoid the flu is to get immunized with a flu shot. There are vaccines especially designed for seniors that are available this flu season. The flu virus in now widespread in Georgia.

The CDC recommends everyone six months and older get a flu shot each season.

According to the department's reports, it was child who did not get their flu shot this year.

Still, McGeer said there's good evidence accumulated over time that getting the flu shot every year "is a safer and healthier thing to do for myself and better for my patients and my family". You're less likely to have severe flu. As part of the series, Joan Mann also discusses how her adult daughter, Kendra, sadly succumbed to the flu at age 35.

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The flu season is declared under-way once we have reached an above-average number of people with influenza symptoms (i.e. more than 2.2 percent of people).

"Getting the flu is an very bad experience". "The people who are most vulnerable are the elderly and children and women who are pregnant".

The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) is reporting the first flu-related death of the season. Qualifying children and adolescents can receive flu vaccine provided by the Texas Vaccines for Children program.

"When we measure vaccine effectiveness, that's effectiveness against protecting against disease completely", said Schaffner, who was not involved in the CDC research, though he is a liaison representative of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, which develops recommendations on the use of vaccines for the CDC.

The CDC also advises people to wash their hands often to prevent spreading flu, and to stay home if they're sick so they won't spread it to others.

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