According to WebMD, each year, between 5% and 20% of Americans get the flu and miss a staggering 70 million work days as a result.
841-2134 with questions. Flu symptoms include a fever of more than 100 degrees, a cough and/or sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headache and/or body aches, chills, general fatigue and nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and DHEC recommend that everyone 6 months old and older get a yearly flu vaccine.
Other ways to reduce the spread of the flu and its effects are by following flu season etiquette, such as washing hands, covering coughs and sneezes with the inner elbow, and staying home when sick. She said Wednesday about 1,000 hospital employees have received the vaccine, so far, and more clinics are scheduled to help the hospital reach its goal.
Medical officials say that you should make it a priority to get vaccinated.
Clayton noted that flu activity in South Dakota is now classified as sporadic.
Flu isn't circulating widely in Scotland yet so there's still time to get the vaccine and ensure you're protected ahead of winter.
"It's important that Georgians understand the best way to protect against influenza is to receive an annual flu vaccine", said Norma Jean Johnson, RN, county nurse manager for Lowndes County Health Department. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against flu to develop in the body, so make plans to get vaccinated as flu season is highest between December and February, but can last as late as May.
Last year Georgia experienced one of the worst flu seasons in recent history. "As it gets colder and people spend more time indoors, it is crucial that seniors get vaccinated to prevent the spread of infection in their communities". To date, the state has reported 35 lab-confirmed cases of flu and 8 flu-related hospitalizations.
- It is effective in protecting against several different strains of the flu that circulate each season.
Based on the county's high immunization rate, Ms. Payne is not concerned about a similar chickenpox outbreak here. Herd immunity is contingent upon the majority of the healthy population being vaccinated to keep diseases at bay.