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Abilene-Taylor County Public Health Department hosting flu clinic Saturday

Abilene-Taylor County Public Health Department hosting flu clinic Saturday

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports flu is widespread throughout Georgia and more than 300 people have been hospitalized with flu-related illness across the state.

The flu comes in different types and doctors say you can get it even twice in one season; a fear she doesn't even want to think about.

The Oswego County Health Department is urging residents to get a flu shot.

The majority of the cases - a reported 78 percent - are among residents who have not been vaccinated, according to the county.

"Most people who get the flu end up getting damage in their lungs that then allows them to have a bacterial infection overgrow and cause a pneumonia that kills them", Dr. Haselow said. But health officials say they can not accurately assess the effectiveness of the vaccine for at least another couple of weeks.

The flu season can last from 11 to 20 weeks, Schuchat said, adding that it's hard to say if the worst of the season has come and gone. This year's vaccine has a lower effectiveness rate on the predominant strain seen in most positive tests, H3N2, and hospitalization rates have surpassed that of the previous high in 2014-15 season.

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The flu strain circulating in ME this year is still predominantly A H3N2, one of the most virulent strains, especially for seniors. "We can't say if we've reached the peak", said Rick Dawson of the Benton-Franklin Health District.

The CDC said all but two states and the D.C. reported "widespread" flu activities for the week ending on January 27, 2018.

There are many ways to prevent yourself from getting the flu; take the seasonal shot, cover your mouth and nose with tissues when sneezing or coughing.

Symptoms of the flu can include a sudden onset of fever, dry cough, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, sore throat and nasal congestion or stuffiness, according to DHEC.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.


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