Health authorities give tips for fighting flu

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A spokesperson for the Public Health Agency said: "This year we are pleased to be able to introduce a new, more effective vaccine called Fluad® for people aged 65 years and over". This number is almost double the cases of the 2016-2017 season and are the highest since the 2009 flu pandemic. "We hope that translates to a milder season here", he said. Last flu season, DPHHS recorded over 10,000 cases, 979 hospitalizations, and 79 deaths related to influenza.

"Immunizations do a great job", says Dr, Huffer, "It's probably the thing that saved more lives than any other medical intervention that we have".

The Council is looking at a three year campaign which will work towards achieving a 75% uptake of the vaccination for frontline workers, a significant increase on the current uptake of 16.8%. "It has about a 50 per cent chance of helping someone not get the flu when they get the vaccine", Newbern said.

"You can't get it too soon".

However, flu season usually starts in November and lasts until April, so October is the ideal time to get vaccinated so you are protected before cases of the flu start appearing on campus. A number of QA Hospital employees were also off sick with the illness.

Coughing and sneezing into your shirt rather than your elbow or hand is a good way to keep droplets and aerosols from traveling through the air and depositing on surfaces.

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The health department will give out flu vaccines every Thursday from 1 p.m.to 3 p.m through December. Similarly, flu-like symptoms are not the actual flu. The vaccine does not cause the flu; rather, it helps the body protect itself from the viruses in the vaccine that research suggests will be the most common during the current flu season.

The nasal flu spray however is a live virus vaccine, but it is weakened so you can not get infected.

"College students live closely together in dorms and other living situations, so [they] are more prone to catching viruses from each other", Elizabethtown College Health Liaison Eileen Wagener said. Large amounts of interferon production can make people feel sick but it quickly fades.

If you get the flu, you could very well pass it on to your children, elderly relatives, friends and work colleagues.

"Within a couple of hours you sort of have this feeling of dread that comes over you", Ramsey said.

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