Washoe County has confirmed its first two flu-related deaths of the new winter season.
Other than the vaccine you should also take preventive actions every day to stop the spread of germs like, washing your hands, covering your cough or sneeze and avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
Unfortunately, all of that merrymaking can sometimes invite an unwelcomed guest: the flu.
This fall Harvest Drug & Gifts has given between 500 to 600 flu vaccines.More news: Georgia, Auburn defensive coordinators interviewing again with Tennessee
The immunization rate for health care employees is about 90 percent, Francis said, and hospitals require vaccines so patients are protected against the flu.
"Flu is increasing. We're seeing a pretty steep increase in influenza activity across the U.S. but especially in the South", said Brendan Flannery, a co-author of the new report and an epidemiologist in the CDC's flu division. It's the single best way to protect yourselves and your loved ones from the flu this holiday season - and throughout the year. But the flu isn't the only risk children face during this season.
The flu season is finally upon us, but recent reports revealed that this year's flu shot may be ineffective. People over 65 with COPD are 162 percent more likely to be hospitalized due to flu-related illness, and those who have experienced a stroke or heart failure have over a 100 percent higher likelihood. As health officials rushed to contain the outbreak, the CDC admitted that the 2014 flu vaccine did not protect well against H3N2 - it had just seven percent chance of protection.
"We do see a predominance of the H3N2 virus that was common last season", Flannery said.More news: Ravi Shankar Prasad questions Congress' stand on Ram Janmbhoomi case
Smith said she suffered temporary paralysis after getting the shot.
"Grandparents are an important part of our families, and as they age, their health begins to decline", said Serese Marotta, Chief Operating Officer, Families Fighting Flu.
Children, especially those with underlying health conditions, are at higher risk of severe outcomes from influnza infection.
Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University, said that vaccine effectiveness is not a simple measure. You can also get the flu by touching a surface or object that has the flu virus on it and then touching your mouth, eyes or nose.More news: Cineworld announce deal to buy Regal Entertainment, shares fall