Maryland recently recorded its second flu death for the season.
But even though flu season started earlier this year, that doesn't mean it's going to be more severe.
With the United States experiencing its earliest flu season in 15 years, health experts are advising us to do what we can to pump up our immune systems.
And because there are several types of flu circulating, there's a chance people just might run into the one that is especially virulent for their age group.More news: WhatsApp will soon stop working on old devices
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The influenza A/H1N1 virus tends to have more impact on middle-aged people, Murray said, and influenza A/H3N2 virus tends to be more life threatening for individuals age 65 and older.
Flu cases in many nations in the northern hemisphere, including Japan, South Korea, Canada and the United States, have been increasing, with the outbreaks having reached epidemic scale, Guo said. If you are immunocompromised, it is important to wear a mask and to have gloves as an option - and encourage your family members and visitors to get their flu shots. "Two minutes to get the shot and two weeks to get over the flu".
"Getting vaccinated remains the best way for all New Yorkers to protect against the flu, and it is vital for caregivers who come in contact with patients to get vaccinated to help prevent the spread of flu", State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said.More news: Final Fantasy 7 Remake PS4 timed exclusivity ends in 2021
"If you are ill whether you know it's the flu or not". "Although, we're still expecting it to be a moderate season, and we're still expecting it to peak in December or January, so it's not too late to get your vaccination".
Cover your coughs or sneezes with your sleeve or with a tissue, throw it in the trash and wash your hands. "You can restrict visitors who have not received the flu shot and allow visitors only if they feel 100% healthy", she says.
If you or your child is sick, the health unit urges you to stay at home.More news: The First 'Wonder Woman 1984' Trailer Is Here & We're Screaming!!!