Connecticut Faces Early And Challenging Flu Season

Connecticut Faces Early And Challenging Flu Season

Connecticut Faces Early And Challenging Flu Season

Gwen Paul, administrator for the Cleveland County Health Unit at Rison, said there have been confirmed cases of the flu in Cleveland County, but her office has yet to be informed of any critical outbreaks at any of the schools as of Monday.

Symptoms of the flu virus include fever, headache, cough, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing and body aches.

"Most of the increase came around Thanksgiving", Burton said.

While flu vaccine efficacy may vary form 30 to 90 percent, depending on how well the strains in the vaccine and those circulating in the community match, as well as other factors such as one's age and immune-system strength, the protection offered is well worth the very limited risk.

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends flu shots annually for everyone at least 6 months old. To date three people, have died from the flu, 66 people have been hospitalized.

His hypothesis became the basis of numerous studies showing that people with the lowest Vitamin D levels reported having significantly more colds or cases of the flu. "In order to prevent potentially life-threatening complications among the most vulnerable members of our community, including the elderly, pregnant women and people with underlying health conditions, MCMC has made a decision to stand with a large part of the health care community and require staff to get the flu vaccine or wear a mask". Flu season usually lasts through early summer.

Wu said despite the vaccine being only partially effective, the benefits of getting the flu shot far outweigh the risks. And contain your germs by staying home if you are sick. Persons who develop flu symptoms should seek medical advice about the need for a medical evaluation or treatment with an antiviral drug, which could shorten the course of the illness or reduce its severity.

Shots take about two weeks to take full effect.

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