Early flu season could leave more North Dakotans sick

Early flu season could leave more North Dakotans sick

If you do catch the flu, Brammer suggests taking antivirals such as Tamiflu to reduce the number of days you are sick. Flu season occurs in the fall and winter.

Other explanations for Penobscot's numbers include the possibility that there are actually more flu cases in the community or that designated health care providers are being especially avid in reporting their cases.

"It is very easy to catch any sort of illness this time of year with all the hugs, handshakes and shared surfaces at parties or shopping malls", said OMRF immunologist Eliza Chakravarty, M.D.

Health experts are warning that this year could be a rough year for the the flu. The drug works best when taken right when you get sick, so seeing your doctor early is a good move, she said.

"The influenza vaccine still provides some level of protection".

Flu shot rates are lower than hoped this year, new CDC figures reveal as America hurtles towards one of the worst flu seasons in years.

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However, as Dr. Tanya Altmann, a pediatrician and spokeswoman for the American Academy of Pediatrics, pointed out, the flu has potentially serious complications such as pneumonia, bronchitis and sinus and ear infections.

"If you're not excited about getting vaccinated yourself, do it for the people you love", Mills said. "I believe there is a booster effect, although I can't prove that".

However, Australia also experienced significant cases of influenza B, said Skowronski, and parts of Canada appear to be mimicking that pattern in the early months of the Northern hemisphere's flu season.

"Everyone should get vaccinated every year it's for the best for them and for everyone as a whole", Beard.

About Families Fighting Flu Families Fighting Flu is a national, nonprofit, 501 (c)(3) volunteer-based advocacy organization dedicated to protecting children and their families against influenza. The article's authors also noted that "the vaccine prevented about a third of all illness by all of the types of flu", Flannery said. There it was only 10 percent effective, and it's predicted to be similar in the states.

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