Vaccination also is important for health care workers, and other people who live with or care for high risk people to keep from spreading flu to them.
"If you haven't had your flu shot yet, you should run, not walk, to go get your flu shot", said Dr. Kolawole Bankole, director/administrator of Portland Public Health. A sudden influx of patients has caused the hospital to remain at or near capacity most days, and much of that influx is attributed to the rise in confirmed flu cases.
Symptoms of the flu include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches and headache.
Ottawa, in contrast, was seeing a lower rate of influenza overall and among children than the national rates as of the end of the year (the most recent numbers).
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"So there is no reason why people should not get the flu shot this year".
Hospitals across IN are seeing high level of flu activity - including Marion County.
When it first appeared 10-years-ago, a majority of people, particularly younger children and adults, had not experienced it before, resulting in many people getting sick not just in Ontario and Canada, but around the world.
Healthy adults can also provide what's called herd immunity for others by getting the flu shot.
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In Clark County, the flu killed at least 14 people last season.
"For those of us who are not infected yet and haven't gotten the shot, you should get the flu shot now", Melnick said.
Health officials in Oklahoma County say a local resident had died from the flu. Children, pregnant women, and the elderly are among the highest risk groups for flu-related complications. We also work with outpatient departments within the Henry Ford and University of MI health systems to figure out what the vaccine does to prevent people going to the doctor to treat their flu symptoms. But there are some symptoms that only come with the flu that might help those who are sick confirm that they have the flu instead of a cold.
The Authority said it continues to be on heightened alert and surveillance for swine flu cases and has coordinated all its facilities to be fully prepared for any further presence of the disease in the South-West region.
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