This Flu Season Could Be a Whopper, Officials Warn

This Flu Season Could Be a Whopper, Officials Warn

This Flu Season Could Be a Whopper, Officials Warn

But getting a shot years ago doesn't mean much for this upcoming flu season, which peaks around February.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recognizes the first week in December as National Influenza Vaccination Week to highlight the importance of continuing flu vaccination through the holiday season and beyond.

The country saw double the usual number of deaths from the virus and triple the number of overall cases.

And while the flu shot is not as effective in preventing H3N2, experts say everyone should still get one. However, while vaccinated people can still get sick, generally they get a milder and less unsafe form of the illness.

The possibility of a low-effectiveness flu vaccine this year "underscores the need to strive toward a 'universal' influenza vaccine that will protect against seasonal influenza drift variants, as well as potential pandemic strains, with better durability than current annual vaccines", the officials said in their paper.

Health Canada This image from Health Canada shows the spread of influenza across Canada during the week of November 19 to 25, 2017. More than 140 million flu shots have been given in the 2016-2017 flu season. Flu and pneumonia are the 8th leading cause of death in the U.S. So far this season, 4 children have died from the flu.

According to the health department, 35 people have been hospitalized across Ohio.

Anyone can get the flu, regardless of age, race, gender, or ethnicity, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health.

The Healthcare Foundation donated its remaining 110 vaccines to Public Health, which administers them to schoolchildren for free.

CDC recommends that people get a flu vaccine by the end of October, if possible.

The regular flu shot comes in versions that protect against either three or four strains of influenza - including that problematic H3N2 strain, another Type A strain known as H1N1, and one or two strains of Type B flu. The self-pay cost of vaccines is $25 and the high-dose vaccine for people 65 or older cost is $55.

You better stock up on chicken soup this year.

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