6 things you can do right now to help prevent the flu

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Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department Administrator Howard Gamble says the flu shot is not unsafe, and that this article most likely is twisting factual information to match a certain narrative. By the end of the 2009 flu season, 148 pediatric cases had the same outcome.

The Department of Health and Hospitals had originally planned for a single day event on January 31 at these locations. Influenza Type A continues to be the most prominent with 1,920 patients. A high number of people have been infected across the country, and last week the number of people seeking care for flu-like symptoms has spiked. But the epidemic is accelerating.

Still, Ontario is not seeing the kind of severe flu season that has raised concerns south of the border, with four times as many people hospitalized in some regions as in 2014-15, many emergency rooms overwhelmed and shortages of anti-viral medicine.

Livingston County is approaching its peak flu season, and the season typically goes through April. Influenza B however nearly exclusively infects humans.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday said the peak of the flu season, which has killed 52 people in CT, is still to come.

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If you get influenza, take the medication prescribed by your medical provider completely.

Since 2010, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates there have been between 9.2 and 60.8 million flu cases each year, according to USA TODAY.

"Being around so many people at school and at work makes me very nervous about getting the flu, so I am trying to do everything I can to make sure I don't".

There have been questions about the effectiveness of this year's vaccine, which is sometimes an educated guess as to which strains are circulating.

While people over 65 years old have the highest rate of hospitalization, baby boomers or adults aged 50 to 64 years are most likely to be affected by the flu.

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Students are advised by the health center to get the flu vaccination and wash hands often.

"We are seeing quite a bit of flu activity", said Murti, "and it is a reminder that flu is a severe illness".

It takes two weeks, after receiving the vaccine, for the body to produce antibodies that provide protection against the virus, according to the CDC.

Photo A nurse administering a flu shot to a patient in Decatur, Ga., on Monday.

Other than washing hands, and avoiding somebody who's sick, she suggests "fist bumping, elbow bumping and try to avoid the handshaking, which we all like to do".

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Pascucilla said it is more important than ever that "we are able to provide residents along the shoreline as many opportunities to receive the flu vaccine".