Flu virus now widespread in Georgia

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It's just the start of the flu season, but the virus has already spread widely across MA, according to state epidemiologists who track and report the flu to the Centers for Disease Control.

The authors want that however imperfect, though, current influenza vaccines remain a valuable public health tool, and it is always better to get vaccinated than not to get vaccinated.

According to this report by the New England Journal of Medicine, the number of people with the flu reached over two hundred and fifteen thousand by the middle of October in Australia, almost three times more than the H1N1 pandemic almost a decade ago. Some flu shots protect against three flu viruses and some protect against four flu viruses.

Between twelve-thousand and fifty-six-thousand deaths each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Those at high-risk include: pregnant women, young children, adults 50 years and older, and people with chronic health conditions.

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"They usually formulate the vaccinations based on the last year's outbreak", says Spicer. Such infections can dramatically increase the risk of heart attack and stroke for months after the illness has cleared. He encourages people age 65 and older to talk with their doctor about getting one of the vaccines created to give older people a better immune response, and therefore, better protection against flu.

The New England Journal of Medicine says this year's shot is only about 10% effective against the strain that hit Australia the hardest, which is the one we're expecting to get. "It is not an understatement to say their lives may depend on you". "Now, they should get it sooner rather than later, because it takes about two weeks for it to become effective".

Flu shots are available at more than 300 locations around Vermont.

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