2 more die of Swine Flu at SKIMS, toll rises to 27

Administering a flu vaccination to a patient is Terri Buratczuk clinical director of the Tri City Health Partnership a free health clinic in St. Charles that provides services for those who are uninsured or underinsured

The flu season has swamped the urgent care clinic at Kingman Regional Medical Center, where more than 200 patients have been treated for flu-like symptoms in the last three weeks.

Byrne says wash your hands to keep from catching the flu.

H3N2 has been responsible for some of the worst flu seasons in the us in recent years, including the 2006-2007, 2012-2013, and 2014-2015 bouts.

'Anyone that's had influenza, and I mean real influenza - not a sniffle or a cough or a cold - but real, true influenza, they'll know how severe this can be, ' says Dr. Isaac Bogoch, an infectious disease specialist at University Health Network in Toronto.

It's been a busy time for the hospital with all of the people stopping by the emergency room with flu like symptoms. "Last year, Mohave County experienced a similar spike in activity as this same time, and it did end up being our peak activity". "Flu vaccination also can reduce the severity of illness if you do get sick".

Rodriguez said this year's strain has a much more H3N2 influenza than H1N1 influenza.

"It's never too late to get the flu shot, since an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure", de Lota said. Both of those are subsets of the influenza A virus, which is distinct from the influenza B virus, and there are meaningful differences between all of these variations, both from a treatment and patient perspective.

Wischmeier says it's still worthwhile getting a flu shot, even though the season has been underway in full force. "If a person has a flu-like illness without signs of SERIOUS illness, he/she should remain at home".

The victim was a 4-year-old boy from Montgomery County. People need to be allowed to stay home when they're sick, and they need to be allowed to stay home to care for their young children when they are sick. However, some have chronic health problems and the flu can lead to complications ranging from moderate to life-threatening.

Bogoch said the potential weakness in the flu vaccine's ability to protect against the H3N2 strain is an issue this year, noting he's seen early data suggesting it may be only 10 per cent effective.

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