2017-18 Flu Season Is Looking Like a Bad One

Cases of flu higher than normal according to CDC

The flu is being seen throughout the country and is very active in the South and New England, but it's not too late to get vaccinated, she said.

The CDC says a study done this year showed that flu vaccination reduced the risk of flu-associated death by half (51 percent) among children with underlying high-risk medical conditions and by almost two-thirds (65 percent) among healthy children.

The best protection against the flu is the flu vaccine.

And in Australia, where the winter flu season has just wrapped up, this season's vaccine was only about 10 percent effective against the H3N2 strain. Some flu shots protect against three flu viruses and some protect against four flu viruses.

As Christmas approaches, health officials are warning Oklahomans that the flu is spreading across the state.

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However, Australia also experienced significant cases of influenza B, said Skowronski, and parts of Canada appear to be mimicking that pattern in the early months of the Northern hemisphere's flu season.

"Getting the flu is an terrible experience".

The number of flu vaccines given out at the Wichita Falls-Wichita County Public Health District is also up. Children, pregnant women, and those 65 and older are at particular risk, as are those with chronic lung conditions. You're less likely to have severe flu.

About Families Fighting Flu Families Fighting Flu is a national, nonprofit, 501 (c)(3) volunteer-based advocacy organization dedicated to protecting children and their families against influenza. The nasal spray vaccine that has been available in recent years is no longer considered effective and is not available.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say you should be vigilant with washing your hands, avoid touching your eyes and mouth, get plenty of sleep and eat healthy to help give your immune system a boost.

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