If it seems like this flu season is worse than last year, that's probably because Dallas County is seeing a spike in cases much earlier than in previous years, said Zachary Thompson, director of the Dallas County Health and Human Services Department.
City officials said there has been an increase in flu activity reported locally and across the nation.
Shots take about two weeks to take full effect.
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North Carolina health officials believe more needs to be done to protect families from the flu. If you do get sick, stay home until you're well again, so you don't spread more germs.
Although the county has plenty vaccine to go around, Thompson said it seems that fewer people are getting flu vaccinations this year.
Brzezny said people with asthma, diabetes, chronic lung disease, heart disease, and people over 65 are among those who are at higher risk.
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Those individuals should contact their doctor's office if they get flu-like symptoms, stated the release from the state Department of Health. Vaccination is especially important for pregnant women, the elderly and others at high risk of influenza complications. "What compounds it is why we always push people to get the flu shots before the Thanksgiving holiday - it's really the travel to those areas where there are flu outbreaks".
As I said, I didn't give it all that much thought in the past since it seems to be one of those unavoidable seasonal cycles.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Opponents of the flu vaccine counter that life-threatening reactions can be caused by the shot, including brain inflammation and even death.
"They've had it since, like, three months ago", Perez said. Wu said the flu season in CT could extend into April.
Children may experience nausea and vomiting.
Burton has been in nursing since 1989; and has worked in infection prevention for the past seven and a half years.