Flu season underway, not too late to get your flu shot

First case of flu confirmed in the city

Cerro Gordo County reporting multiple cases of the flu

Flu cases typically ramp up in the coldest months of the year, but things are especially quiet right now, said Tammy Landrum, with the Jackson County Health Department.

"The season is really starting to pick up", said Lynnette Brammer, the lead of CDC's domestic influenza surveillance team. Most people will recover from influenza infection within a week to 10 days, but some are at greater risk of developing more severe complications such as pneumonia.

"I have four kids, and I'm always concerned one kid is going to be the outbreak monkey and bring the flu into the house", added Canter. Vaccination should occur every year due to the ongoing genetic changes in the viruses causing the disease every flu season. The agency noted more children became ill than usual. So far this year, 11 children have died from flu-related illness.

Dr Kelleher also warned that people with flu symptoms should not visit elderly or vulnerable people.

This year's vaccine is considered to be a good match for the strain of the virus now spreading, but in order to get the maximum benefit from the shot, 80 per cent of the population must be immunized. While the virus itself wasn't more deadly than normal, there was just markedly more of it circulating, she said.

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"We activate our Visitor Limitation Policy for the health and safety of our patients", said Kathy Guyette, RN, Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services and President of Regional Member Hospitals.

Public Health Officer for Brown County, Anna Destree, says the number one way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated. But is it too late or can we still get it?

If you have a flu-like sickness, try to stay at home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone. The bad news is that there's a long way to go.

For the final week of 2018, Arkansas reported "Regional" activity to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for geographic spread of influenza, and "Moderate" or "7/10 for influenza like illness intensity".

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