Flu season hitting Ga. children, seniors extra hard this year

"Although January and February are typically the peak of influenza season, the rapid increase is unusual", said the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department in a statement released to the press. "If comparing to a year ago, our increase in influenza came later in January".

"We are seeing mostly influenza A and I have seen a few influenza B however it's important to note influenza A is a much more infective strain so you're more likely to see that because it is more easily spread", said Cronin. For a full list of people at high risk of flu-related complications, see People at High Risk of Developing Flu-Related Complications. Sometimes flu can lead to death.

Addressing a media briefing at the Animal products and Health department office in Gannoruwa, Dr. Kotelawala stressed that Sri Lanka is a country free of bird flu and Influenza AH1N1 is not the virus that causes bird flu. To find a participating flu shot clinic near you, visit the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

The latest reporting week covers the period when children returned to school, and shows that absentee rates are very high in Cumberland and Salem counties, with more than one in ten children out sick. After two to five days, flu symptoms usually improve, but it's not unusual for you to feel rundown for a week or more.

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Infection with the flu virus can cause fever, headache, cough, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing and body aches.

In December, the Indiana State Department of Health reported the state's first influenza-associated death for the 2016-17 flu season. It is recommended that everyone who is 6 months of age and older receive a flu vaccine.

Those at high risk of serious complications from flu include those 65 years and older, children younger than age 5, pregnant women and people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions.

Hoosiers who do not have health care coverage or access to a doctor are encouraged to check availability for the new Healthy Indiana Plan-HIP 2.0-by visiting www.HIP.IN.gov or calling 1-877-GET-HIP-9.

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The flu vaccine takes about two weeks to become effective.

Rachel Wood, the health officer for Lewis and Thurston counties, previously told The Chronicle this year's flu shot is a good match for the virus.

Prevention is highly advised in this season of infection that includes - washing hands often with soap and water especially after being outside, avoiding touching face, avoiding being around with a sick person, staying home.

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