Flu season is spreading quickly

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that nine pediatric flu deaths have been reported this season from other stats as of December 16.

As of this week, there was "high activity" of the flu - the highest prevalence ranking - in almost half of the US.

So far this flu season in IN, there have been nine influenza-associated deaths, and 13 long-term care facility outbreaks, the state health department reported.

This year's vaccine? Only 10-20% effective by some reports.

"Any time there's a mismatch between the vaccine and the circulating strain of the flu, you're going to see more cases", Radtke told the newspaper.

He says anyone who is showing symptoms of the flu should consider staying home, rather than risk infecting others. The main thing for people to remember is the best way to treat the flu is to treat the symptoms: fever or chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, and fatigue - some may also experience nausea.

The two-week Christmas break appears to have done little to squelch the spread of illness in Scott County and surrounding communities, with local physicians offices reporting full waiting rooms and widespread flu diagnoses.

"These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby", the CDC reports.

¯ Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

According to N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, a child in the central part of the state died last week from complications associated with flu.

Although November is the best time to get vaccinated, there is still time to get the flu shot also. If not treated early, it can lead to tissue damage, organ failure and death. Healthy people can typically recover from the flu in less than two weeks with rest, fluids and pain relievers like acetaminophen and ibuprofen, but antivirals can help prevent more serious complications, like pneumonia. Symptoms may also include vomiting and diarrhea in children. Usually, a flu fever will last from three to five days.

For those who wish to receive a flu shot, Crawford said most pharmacies and primary care providers in the region offer the vaccination.

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