Flu season: don't wait, vaccinate

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"It is important to get vaccinated now if you have not done so already", said CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Ohio is seeing widespread influenza activity while West Virginia is seeing regional activity, the highest levels for both states so far this season.

Hendrix said people should be on alert for flu symptoms, including congestion, muscle aches, coughing and a high fever.

14 people have now died from influenza in Arkansas this flu season according to the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH). The flu is most commonly spread through tiny droplets when people cough, sneeze or talk. Most people may be able to spread the flu from 1 day before showing symptoms to 5 to 7 days after symptoms begin.

Stay at home when you are sick.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

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But some providers order vaccine only once per year, so CDPHE highly recommend calling ahead to make sure your provider still has flu vaccine on hand.

Flu season normally peaks during the months of January and February.

Public Health said small amount of flu vaccine is still on hand, and available Monday through Friday at local clinics and at the George Town Hospital Monday thru Friday from 2 p.m.to 4 p.m.

While 24, or about 49 percent, of last week's 49 confirmed cases with serious flu complications were people older than 65, 15 cases, or 30.6 percent, were people aged between 50 and 64, Lo said, adding that middle-aged people should be more cautious and take preventive measures.

To identify the incidence of the flu in every state, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the latest weekly influenza surveillance report prepared by the influenza division of the CDC. If you are really sick or have other medical conditions or concerns, call your doctor. Although the severity of the flu season can not yet be determined, Californians should take precautions, including vaccination.

This year, do your part to stay healthy and don't let the flu get you down!

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