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Flu Season Begins in the United States

Flu Season Begins in the United States

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases told CNN that "in general, we get in our season what the Southern Hemisphere got in the season immediately preceding us and an intelligent guess" is that North America will most likely have a bad flu season.

Vaccines in the United States this season are created to protect against two A strains (H1N1 and H3N2) and up to two B strains (B/Victoria lineage and B/Yamagata lineage), according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

If early reports are a signal of how this flu season will be in the area, it could be a harsh one.

According to the Center for Disease Control, even though new observations about the flu vaccine continue to be made, experts continue to recommend annual flu vaccinations for children and adults. "CDC recommends everyone 6 months of age and older get vaccinated annually".

Despite the risks, some Ferris students feel that they don't need the flu vaccine. The resident, a man over the age of 50 in northern Idaho, died of complications from influenza this month.

Influenza IS.an upper respiratory infection. But unlike the common cold or "stomach flu", influenza can make you severely ill.

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The County Health and Human Services Agency reported Wednesday the number of influenza cases reported this season is pacing 3-to-1 over last year's numbers.

An 86-year-old San Diego man who had not been vaccinated died on October 1.

The county also released a list of things people can do to avoid the risk of getting the flu.

Regular hand washing is also an important step to prevent contracting the flu.

The Health Department will start what it calls "active surveillance" next week, gathering data from labs around the state, noting all hospitalized cases of flu and mapping flu outbreaks in schools and long-term care facilities.

Flu shots are not ideal, but they are the best protection modern science has against the disease.