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Will you get the flu shot?

Will you get the flu shot?

Flu is already widespread in several states.

Between twelve-thousand and fifty-six-thousand deaths each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Those infections led to 371 hospitalizations, 21 ICU admissions, and eight deaths.

The report stated that Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts and Oklahoma have reported widespread activity during the week ending November 25. The Centers for Disease Control recommend that all people 6 months of age and older receive an annual flu vaccine. Despite that guidance, less than half of Americans have received a shot this season. The CDC says this is side effect is rare, but a court found Smith was entitled to compensation.

"Are doctors who administer the vaccines supposed to earn spiritual merit", she asked, in a sarcastic reference to comments by Premier William Lai (賴清德) in October asking caregivers to look past their low salaries and regard their work as a way to earn spiritual merit.

Experts believe the flu virus is spread when a sick person talks, sneezes or coughs.

The flu usually comes on suddenly and often with a fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, and headaches. Flu related complications can include pneumonia and dehydration.

"The difference is the cold is going to last about two weeks and you may not have the achiness that you have a long with the flu", Hubenka said.

Yearly flu vaccinations help protect individuals from influenza.

Are pregnant women getting "appropriate" care?

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County health district officials in Reno said Thursday both victims were 80 years old and both were at risk for complications of the flu due to underlying medical conditions.

Still, "I believe it's worth getting the vaccine", Siegel said.

Health officials say is important for those experiencing flu-like symptoms to consult with a health care provider as soon as possible.

And Brammer added that other types of flu are circulating, including influenza A H1N1 and a couple of influenza B viruses.

The biggest drop in flu shot rates was seen among Hispanic adults (down 7.7 percent from last year). Influenza antiviral drugs may also be indicated as a prevention measure to protect those who have just been exposed to someone diagnosed with influenza and are especially vulnerable.

"Because there is a risk, there should be a choice", Smith said.

Most Oklahoma cases involve those age 50 or older or those four and younger.

And the vaccine is no guarantee of protection.