If you don't, you've heard about it and are afraid.
WellStar locations saw a 10 percent increase in flu-like symptoms last week compared with the week before.
Others are taking about the flu as well. It's your best chance of preventing the flu.
The flu can be very contagious.
"Really, the key is if you're sick, stay home", Zondervan said. Based on that temperature data (coupled with reports of coughs and sore throats that people have entered into Kinsa's app), the company creates an "illness index". Even if the vaccine doesn't match the strain going around, it can still help. But local health departments that do count them are reporting that more people have died. The pediatric vaccine against measles, for example, is nearly 100 percent effective after two doses.
The Minister says as of December 31st, the province administered over 109,000 doses of the flu vaccine. "Flu vaccination is the most effective protection against flu".
J. Patrick O'Neal, M.D., DPH commissioner, said it's still not too late to get a flu shot.More news: Institutional Investors Are Dumping Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE:GS)
Dehydration is the primary concern, because it can exacerbate or launch a cascade of negative health effects and make it harder for a body to defend itself.
Flu vaccines are available at the health department and at many healthcare providers, urgent care facilities and pharmacies.
For children, mental status is another key indicator of a potentially serious problem.
Respiratory illnesses are accounting for a noticeable increase in patient visits to Willmar's Rice Memorial Hospital as well, according to Kathy Dillon, chief nursing officer.
If you are sick, stay home from school or work.
Those who haven't succumbed to the flu don't need to abandon hope.
The story has been similar at Family Practice Medical Center in Willmar.More news: Jose Mourinho gives injury update of Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Give zinc a try, but don't overdo it.
Frequent and thorough hand-washing with soap and warm water.
And. wait for it. get the vaccine.
ACMC still has an adequate amount of vaccine for established patients who haven't had their annual flu shot yet. Flu can also aggravate underlying health conditions like heart disease or asthma. "A less than ideal match may result in reduced vaccine effectiveness against the flu virus that is different from what is in the flu vaccine, but it can still provide some protection against flu illness".
Still not convinced? Check out the CDC's weekly flu activity map.
Statewide, hospital emergency rooms are overwhelmed with patients suffering flu-like symptoms, with the number now standing at 7.4 percent - well above the usual threshold of 5 percent. The cost of a flu shot is $25, but adjustments can be made for those without insurance to get a flu shot.More news: Expedia (NASDAQ:EXPE) Raised to "Buy" at Bank of America