Andover Health Division encourages residents to get vaccinated as flu cases spike

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These early indicators suggest that it may be more severe than usual.

Forty-six states have seen widespread flu, and 13 children have died from complications of the virus since October.

The countywide hospital system and health care provider reports that cases jumped from fewer than 200 during the week of December 18 to more than 330 the last week of the year. California alone has seen 27 flu deaths this season. Last flu season 278 people in Washington were confirmed to have died from influenza. Children are what we often refer to as "super spreaders", meaning that they share germs more readily than others. The vaccine reduces the chance of serious illness, hospitalisation and even death among those who are most at risk.

In Yavapai County, over 600 cases were reported in the last month, but as many were not lab tested, the numbers may be considerably higher, said epidemiologist Stephen Everett with Yavapai County Community Health Services. "We all need to take appropriate precautions against getting the flu". The flu vaccine was only 10 percent effective against H3N2 in Australia, but the CDC says that it will likely be 30 percent effective against the virus here.

Everyone 6 months of age and older should be vaccinated against the flu.

I think there is a misperception that influenza isn't a severe illness and it certainly is, absolutely, among young children, older adults, people with chronic medical conditions, pregnant women.

In preparation for a possible bout of so-called French flu, NHS workers have been advised to get the flu jab to prevent them from falling ill, the Sunday Telegraph reported. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

If you do get sick, it's important to stay home for at least your first 24 hours after your fever wears off, the Mayo Clinic explains.

"Someone with influenza can spread the disease when they cough, sneeze, or talk, which creates influenza droplets that can land in the mouth or nose of someone nearby", Christ said.

Influenza is a virus that infects the nose, throat and lungs.

If you get the flu, antiviral drugs may be a treatment option.

People in close contact with high-risk groups, should get a flu shot to protect themselves and the people in their care.

You should definitely still get your flu shot.

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Influenza viruses constantly mutate, making it impossible to predict which strain will predominate in a season, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A small amount of vaccines is still available, and to ensure they can be used to protect health will be provided at no charge to patients until supplies are depleted.

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