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Flu shots recommended as season has yet to hit peak

31 January 2018

"Adenovirus is a very common virus", said Dr. "It does put a bit more stress on the system".

University spokesperson John Karman said as of January 29, 40 people have tested positive for the flu or flu-like illnesses at U of L campuses. In turn, he has increased the number of physician assistants and doctors working each shift. The reason for this lapse is most likely because Australia's own flu season, which happened during our summer, did not have such severe versions of this disease. At that time, an estimated 34 million Americans contracted the flu, which 56,000 fatalities occurring as a result. That's the highest percentage since the 2009 swine flu pandemic. The family of 12-year-old Dylan Winnick, who died from the flu in Florida last week, said they were stunned by how quickly the virus took his life.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has advised that influenza (flu) activity in the US has increased significantly over recent weeks with influenza A (H3N2) viruses predominating so far this season.

This year, a type of flu called the H3N2 strain is predominant. "We are still urging people to get their flu vaccine because it's the best way that you can protect yourself as far as medicine and that kind of thing". Even healthy people can develop complications, which include pneumonia, serious illness requiring hospitalization and even death.

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"I'm always impressed by the young people that have asthma or diabetes that did not get vaccinated and then came down with the flu", Dr. Shearer said.

Due to recent vaccine demand and supply, this may be the last flu clinic. Vaccination is recommended for everyone ages 6 months and older.

11Alive News asked the CDC and The Georgia Health Department directly, and they both said NO. More than 10,000 students and 341 faculty staff received a free flu vaccine at their designated school site. "Our primary objective during this flu season is to prevent the spread of communicable diseases and remove as many health-related barriers to learning as possible".

Senator Chuck Schumer has called on the federal government to designate a "domestic flu surveillance team" to collect data and better target the flu in NY.

Flu shots recommended as season has yet to hit peak