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Time to get your flu shots for the winter months

 

CORRIGAN -- The fl u season in the U.S. this year got off to its earliest start in nearly a decade, which indicates that it might be a bad year for many trying to avoid the illness, offi cials said Monday as they urged people to get the shots early to minimize the impact of the disease. The fl u season in the U.S. has got off to an early start this year offi cials said Monday, while urging citizens to get the shots early on to minimize the impact of the disease. In a fl u activity report released Nov. 30, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) observed how fl u cases had increased substantially in the U.S., especially in the south central and southeast regions. Apparently, fi ve states, including Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas, witnessed a high rate of infl uenza-like illness in the period between Nov. 18 and Nov. 24. This year’s fl u type appears similar to the one identifi ed in the fl u season of 2003-2004, when the outbreak was severe. Campaigning for the National Infl uenza Vaccination Week, which is observed every year from Dec. 2 to Dec. 8. The fl u shot and proactive measures such as covering the mouth when coughing and washing hands after a cough prevented the spread of the disease. The fl u vaccines are recommended for all citizens older than six months, and the shot usually takes two weeks to bolster the body’s immune system effectively. Children younger than two and adults 65 or older seem to be at high risk for getting the fl u. Also those suffering from chronic conditions such as asthma and heart disease appear to be at risk. As per CDC records, an average of about 24,000 Americans succumb to the fl u during the annual season, the Seattle Times reported. The CDC added that the fl u virus usually peaks in midwinter. Flu symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose, head and body aches and fatigue. Some patients also suffer from vomiting and diarrhea, while some may develop pneumonia or other severe complications. Three types of fl u shots are available, according to the CDC: • A regular fl u shot approved for people of age six months and older • A high-dose fl u shot approved for people 65 years and older, and • An intradermal fl u shot approved for people 18 to 64 years of age. (An intradermal shot is injected into the skin instead of the muscle, and uses a much smaller needle than the regular fl u shot.)

 

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