Health departments in Glynn, Camden counties to offer free flu shots

Free flu shots being offered Thursday in Hampton

Free flu shots being offered Thursday in Hampton

Unfortunately, no. Experts say it is possible to catch the flu twice in one season.

The number of people diagnosed with the flu this season is worryingly increasing, becoming closer every day to the 2009 pandemic statistics.

In a typical year, the flu kills about 36,000 people in the USA, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Arkansas is among the states that have been hit hardest this year, which is one of the nation's worst flu seasons in years, state epidemiologist Dirk Haselow said during a news conference last month.

The CDC said there were an additional 16 flu deaths among children last week, bringing the nationwide total this season for youngsters to 53.

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"I have stayed healthy!"

"If they're sick or not doing well then keep them home, don't push it", said Wallerius".

The Department of Health and Hospitals had originally planned for a single day event on January 31 at these locations. If you don't have the flu yet, you'll get it sitting in the waiting room.

It is not too late to get vaccinated for influenza. Outpatient visits for influenza-like illnesses tallied 7.1 percent, well above the national baseline of 2.2 percent, according to the agency.

"Our urgent care locations are still seeing a peak, which has lasted a couple weeks", she says. "Isolating yourself to make sure that you do not infect others and hydrating play key roles in making sure your body can heal". H3N2-predominant seasons have been associated with more severe illness, especially among people older than 65 years and children.

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The vaccines are free to adults and children four years or older, who are not Vaccines for Children program-eligible.

Appointments are still available for a February 6 flu clinic being conducted by the Livingston County Department of Health.

What should they do if/when they see symptoms?

"Unfortunately, once you've had the flu you can still get it again because you could get it from a different strain", she said.

The latest weekly influenza report by the CDC noted that in the past 15 flu seasons, this is the first time that all states in the entire continental United States have reported widespread flu activity during the same week. "In addition, prescription antiviral medications may help treat the flu", says Dr. Webster. If you are sick, seek care from your healthcare provider early. People infected with influenza may have respiratory symptoms without a fever. But although many people have gotten their flu shots, they don't know the difference between the two strains that are inside the shot. "So even in you have the flu, getting the flu shot still could help at this point to protect you from those other strains".

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