Health officials say flu considered epidemic in Kentucky

2 flu deaths in San Mateo County, 5 in Santa Clara County

Three of those deaths occurred in Yolo County in October, though all three victims had underlying chronic health problems that put them at risk for ding of the flu, according to Yolo spokeswoman Beth Gabor.

DHHS obtains death data through death certificates and according to the state, delays in the reporting of deaths "may cause the number of reported (pneumonia/flu) deaths to vary considerably each week". As of Friday, 66 percent of Larimer County's 139 flu hospitalizations were of residents 65 and older, and the county had seen 18 outbreaks in long-term care facilities.

"The short answer is: no. Global Positioning System won't prescribe antibiotics for flu", says Steve, "so most people will be best visiting their pharmacist, who can advise on treatment".

The results also suggest that improving ventilation in offices, schools, and other public places - such as subway cars - might also help to reduce the spread of flu. Influenza vaccination also does not protect against the common cold viruses.

While you might be more anxious about the flu this year, in particular, Dr. Bouvier says that this year's flu season is not "completely out of the ordinary". but that still doesn't mean it's not concerning.

This year's flu season started early.

"It's just like the human flu where, unfortunately, we have some seasons where it might be worse than others", Hollander said. He said her fever continued to surge throughout day.

Seniors are more likely to get the flu shot; 59% of those over 55 years of age say they have already received the flu shot, while only a third of that age group (33%) say they don't plan on getting the vaccine at all.

So, a toast, to health, to increased awareness of influenza and a year of staying free of flu!

If you can't make it to the clinic on January 25, you can also attend the Health Department's regular walk-in hours on Tuesdays from 1 - 3 pm, while supplies last.

The CDC states that most people with the flu have mild illness and do not need medical care or antiviral drugs.

In the Pacific Northwest there haven't been any reported cases of dog flu this year, but veterinarian Dr. Eric Bucki, who practices in Florida, says it's good to get ahead of the virus by getting your pooch vaccinated.

Flu vaccines are available through your doctor, and most health insurance plans cover the cost of the vaccine. "People are experiencing flu-like symptoms ... fever, cough, body aches".

Health officials warn people to cover their mouths when coughing, avoid people who are ill, and stay home when feeling symptoms.

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