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Flu Is Spreading Fast This Season

Flu Is Spreading Fast This Season

Don't bring flu to the festivities.

"However imperfect, though, current influenza vaccines remain a valuable public health tool, and it is always better to get vaccinated than not to get vaccinated", the team noted. Overall, Comal County saw more than 377 cases of flu or flu-like symptoms in November, almost three times as many as in October.

This year's flu season is off to a fast start and early indications suggest that it may be more severe than the previous season.

"The fact that it's 10%, yes, that's quite a bit lower than usual, but it's usually only 40 to 60% effective. As long as the virus is circulating, it's never too late to vaccinate".

The virus is now widespread in four states. They're hoping to fight off a disease that kills thousands every year. Preventive actions such as simply washing hands and covering the nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing can guard against the flu.

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According to the CDC, flu activity most commonly peaks in the US between December and February. Getting a flu vaccine is more convenient than ever.

Despite recent news that the flu shot may not be as effective as in the past, health officials are still recommending that people get the shot.

The Northern Kentucky Health Department is tracking flu cases. Many physicians, pharmacies, employers, schools, colleges and universities also offer flu vaccines.

The flu season is upon us and it's expected to be one of the worst.

National Influenza Immunization week runs from December 2 through December 9. So be wise and get immunized against the flu.