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The Flu: What To Do If You Get Sick

The Flu: What To Do If You Get Sick

Even though this flu shot is not standing up against this flu virus strain, it is stated that if you have the flu vaccine and do contract the flu, it will not be AS severe as if you hadn't.

She said even though it takes 10 to 14 days to build immunity after getting the vaccine, people getting the flu shot now will have protection for the last few weeks of the flu season.

"Our latest tracking data indicate that flu activity is still high and widespread across most of the nation and increasing overall", said Dr. Anne Schuchat, the acting CDC director.

Every year and with every flu, there are many different strains of the virus that flare up. Check with your doctor promptly is you are at high risk for serious flu complications (adults 65 years and older, children younger than 5 years old, pregnant women, people with weakened immune systems, etc.) and develop flu symptoms.

Ahmad says it's important that everyone understands that flu can be especially risky in young children and the elderly and anyone with a history of heart problems and lung problems. "These steps, I will shout into the void until sweet merciful death claims me, include getting your flu shot". And wash them right: scrub your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. But although many people have gotten their flu shots, they don't know the difference between the two strains that are inside the shot. "Despite vaccination being a third as effective compared to prior years, and taking two weeks before it is effective, the CDPH website states it is ".

But according to the Center for Disease Control, the flu season will likely get worse before it gets better. Free Flu shots are being offered across the state until next Monday.

But federal and state data can lag by as much as two weeks, so Northwell Health in NY is using a biosurveillance system that tracks the flu in a 24-hour time frame.

"I am told we have not received notice of shortages in the field", said a State Health Department spokeswoman.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

She also complains about people without true emergencies crowding into waiting rooms, next to people with the flu. We especially recommend that all healthy Kentuckians aged six months and older be vaccinated.

More common, nonemergency symptoms of the flu can include fever and chills, cough, sore throat, runny nose, headache or body ache, fatigue, vomiting or diarrhea, according to ACEP. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.

"Good health habits, like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent the flu", Rodriguez said.

■ Avoid close contact with people who are sick. "To them, the flu is the flu and obviously that's not the case but I think a lot of people have that belief".