Flu Cases Spiking Across the United States: CDC

According to the state department of public health, the virus has killed 22 people in North Carolina since the start of the flu season in October.

Rockland residents can call the Rockland County Department of Health at (845) 364-2520 to make an appointment to get your flu vaccine.

Leanne Cunningham, Director of Nursing at the Meigs County Health Department, said that approximately 500 doses of the flu vaccine have been given at the health department this flu season.

DHEC says, there were 77 new lab-confirmed cases in the past week.

If the influx of influenza continues at this rate, Pueblo could potentially meet or surpass a 12-year high for hospitalized cases for the flu.

There are still, however, a couple of differences in symptoms of colds and the flu.

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In Putnam County, the health department is tracking flu cases.

This means there's no more nasal flu vaccine, which experts found practically ineffective.

Georgia is having some of the highest flu activity in the country right now. "We are still doing the flu vaccine as we did in the 1950s", he observed, adding that next year's flu season, 2018, will be the hundred-year anniversary of the 1918 flu pandemic that killed an estimated 20 to 40 million people worldwide.

The Agency is urging everyone six months old and older to get vaccinated against the flu.

While hand washing will help prevent the spread of the flu, doctors advise receiving the vaccination is the best way to avoid getting sick. And in Montgomery County, flu shots are available at the Dayton and Montgomery County Public Health immunization clinic.

"Older adults, infants and those with substantial underlying medical problems have a higher risk of complications from influenza infection and should seek medical attention, including consideration for antiviral medications". If you must leave home, for example to get medical care, wear a facemask if you have one, or cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue.

  • Alfonso Moody