4 flu-related deaths in the state, including 1 in Middle Georgia

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H3N2 is one of the strains contained in this year's flu vaccine along with two or three others, depending on the vaccine, according to the The Telegraph.

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Commissioner Raul Pino said "We want to encourage everyone in CT to get vaccinated, it's very important for immune disorders, preexisting conditions, and for people 65 years and older".

Public health officials continued to press the public to get flu shots, saying it wasn't too late, and that the vaccine offered flawless protection against three of the four strains.

"There is medication that you can take", Ayers said. Even if the vaccine doesn't match the strain going around, it can still help.

Lehman bluntly acknowledges that this vaccine may not be as effective against the H3N2 strain as against other strains, as many people can attest. "We're seeing a high amount of them as well".

"True, the current flu vaccine is not a great vaccine", Lehman says.

When the majority of the community is vaccinated, it also makes it less likely that residents with compromised immune systems who can not receive the vaccination will be infected with the flu.

For children, mental status is another key indicator of a potentially serious problem. That number is expected to increase, according to the DPH.

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Patients of all ages with flu-like illnesses also have been admitted to the acute care hospitals of Northwell Health's 22-institution system, said Donna Armellino, vice president of infection prevention.

If you are sick, stay home from school or work.

What remains indisputable: the number of hospitalizations is rising at medical centers all over Long Island as health care providers scramble to fight the flu.

Give zinc a try, but don't overdo it. It can be spread through coughing, sneezing or contact with an infected person. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

And. wait for it. get the vaccine. "We have seen randomized trials of patients with heart disease, which show that getting the flu vaccine reduces their risk of having a heart attack or other cardiac event".

"You may have discomfort or soreness in the area, but the flu vaccine does not cause the flu".

Still not convinced? Check out the CDC's weekly flu activity map.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that the number of Americans hospitalized with flu per 100,000 nearly doubled from 13.7 for the week ending December 30, to 22.7 admissions per 100,000 Americans for the week ending January 6. The cost of a flu shot is $25, but adjustments can be made for those without insurance to get a flu shot.

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