Flu season begins on LI, doctors recommend getting vaccine

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Precautionary steps are about the same for both types of illness, Ramsey said, including frequent hand washing and staying away from others when sick or carrying a fever, especially children.

Caroline Cornish, a Maine Medical Center spokeswoman, said the hospital has seen an increased number of flu cases in the emergency department this year, but not an unusual amount.

According to the CDC, there were 22.7 hospitalizations per 100,000 people in the US last week - up from 13.7 the previous week.

Canada-wide, there have been 54 flu-related deaths so far this winter.

"Even when the match isn't flawless, vaccination still is the best way to fight the flu", Pitt County Health Director Dr. John Morrow said.

The Australian interim estimate suggested [that] the H3N2 component of the vaccine - and H3N2 was the main virus there during their most recent winter - was only about 10 percent effective.

CDC has helped more than 60 countries build surveillance and laboratory capacity to rapidly detect and respond to influenza threats, including viruses with the potential to cause global pandemics. Preliminary estimates suggested the vaccine barely worked there, and the US was again facing the same H3N2 virus with the same flu shot. Officials have reported 27 flu-related deaths among Californians under age 65. TDH offered the following tips on ways to slow the spread of flu.

The strain of the disease has affected up to 170,000 people in Australia - more than two-and-a-half times last year's total.

The fact it comes against a background of the post-Christmas meltdown and trolley crisis in hospitals gives this flu season a particularly grim profile.

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- Anyone with cold or flu symptoms coming to the Hospital for services must wear a mask.

More patients are seeking the flu vaccine in an unprecedented post-Christmas rush.

However, it covers the other strains that are spreading - and even though the jab takes two weeks to kick in, it is still not too late to get it.

Flu-ed up: What are flu symptoms and how do you beat the bug?

To help you get better more quickly: Rest and sleep Keep warm Take paracetamol or ibuprofen to lower your temperature and treat aches and pains Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration (your pee should be light yellow or clear) When should you see your GP? (Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine).

NMDOH also recommends that you ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you need the pneumococcal vaccine, which can be given at the same time as flu vaccine.

And they urge anyone who qualifies to contact their GP and make an appointment for their free vaccination. If not then you can pay around £12 for one.

Influenza frequently leads to pneumonia that can be prevented by the pneumococcal vaccine. One tool you can use is to go to the CDC website and look up the vaccine finder. The body's really good at doing that.