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As flu outbreak numbers rise, the HSE says it's not too late to get your vaccine

Q: In addition to getting the flu vaccine, what else can people do to protect themselves and their families this flu season?

"There is high flu activity throughout the state so it's important for those who have not yet gotten a flu shot - especially health care workers - to get one", the state department of health reminded residents.

CDC officials say there were 510 confirmed influenza cases through January 5 - down from 768 during the same time period in 2017-2018. We still need to do more research to determine if it's actually helping prevent transmission of the flu from one person to another.

Nationwide, federal health officials are reporting sharp increases in flu activity.

According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, nearly every county in the state is reporting significant flu activity.

The last two flu seasons, Clark County has entered active flu season closer to November and December.

The flu is making its rounds in nearly every state around the country and more people are coming down with the common flu symptoms.

Experts said that this year's flu vaccination is a good match to the strains in circulation and it is not too late to get vaccinated.now most cases involve influenza A, last year it was influenza B that was heavily dominant.

Symptoms of the flu include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches and headache. The vaccine is safe and effective.

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The Canadian health agency reports 43% of the cases in Ontario so far this season are children, compared to about 20% a year ago. If people get their vaccine at a Safeway, they will get a 10 percent off coupon for their next grocery purchase.

Bennett said preliminary indications are that "vaccines are very well matched for the strain" this season. Talk with your health care provider if you have concerns about getting the flu vaccine.

Individuals who are at the highest risk for experiencing complications of influenza include children under 2 and adults over 65.

These numbers don't paint the full picture of influenza cases, because many people don't require medical treatment or get tested.

The H1N1 flu strain, commonly known as swine flu, is spreading throughout Georgia.

Zaleski said there have been no pediatric deaths in the county from the flu this season. While the 2018-2019 flu season started back in fall, there are still a few more months before it ends.

People get sick more often in the winter because they are exposed to each other more than in the summer.

The CDC recommends annual influenza vaccinations for everyone age 6 months or older.

If you get the flu, your doctor may prescribe antiviral drugs to treat your flu symptoms.

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