Oklahoma Joe: Go get your flu shot now

Fall implies influenza season is quick drawing nearer

Fall implies influenza season is quick drawing nearer

So far, there have been more than 272,000 laboratory confirmed cases of the flu and 662 deaths, according to a report from Australia's Department of Health.

Flu season also started particularly early this year. "The more people who have immunity stops or slows the spread of infection and helps decrease the chance of someone who is not immune from coming in contact with an infectious person". Also this year, authorities will forgo the intranasal spray for the standard needle because the spray lacks one of the components of this season's vaccine. However, pharmacists are anticipating a hard flu season this year due to "potential vaccine delays" combined with the early start and large number of flu cases reported in Australia, which often indicates the severity of the season in Canada.

Strains migrated to the USA, where the 2017-18 season that hit six months later was among the deadliest in recent memory, killing almost 80,000 people.

State Health Commissioner Kris Box says IN residents should "take steps quickly to protect themselves and their loved ones" because the flu can be deadly. Or, as the Centers for Disease Control advises, by the end of October.

The illness commonly referred to as "stomach flu" is not influenza and is caused by a different virus.

"Australia was experiencing a pretty heavy flu season, and they're ahead of us in the flu season, so there's always the potential that it could come over here", said Jackson County Health Department Public Information Officer Sarah Allison.

'It's too early to tell for sure, because sometimes Australia is predictive and sometimes it's not, ' Dr Daniel B. Jernigan, director of the influenza division at the CDC, told the New York Times.

Last year, the Health Ministry at first excluded healthy infants and seniors from free flu shots, but the Coalition Avenir Québec government reversed that decision.

What's worrying health experts in the U.S. is that the new flu season has already claimed its first pediatric victim: a four-year-old boy from Perris, California, who had underlying health issues.

"I have not gotten this season's flu virus went for a long time now yet my significant other and my children do get influenza shots", said Vilum Gupta. The government is starting the publicity campaign earlier than previous years in the hope of boosting the number of people who will get the vaccine.

However, there are fears that the flu shot for the USA, the United Kingdom and Canada could be a mismatch.

Officials from the World Health Organization chose the strains for the Northern Hemisphere's shot in February, and those for the Southern Hemisphere last week.

Do I need a flu vaccine?

The flu shot does not confer full-proof protection, and is known to offer 20 to 30 per cent protection against the AH3N2 strain.

The signs and symptoms of flu last for two to five days.

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