The number of patients being seen in the emergency departments at Quinte Health Care hospitals is on the rise and is expected to continue to increase over the next few weeks.
"Now that fluseason has arrived, the best way to protect yourself, your family and your co-workers is to get a flu shot", said Acting Health Commissioner Christopher R. Rinn.
The report states that influenza A (H3N2) viruses are predominant in the Southern Hemisphere, and a preliminary estimate showed the vaccine as only 10 percent effective against that strain.
Virginia is considered one of just seven states across the country with widespread flu activity and it is still very early in this season.
This season's flu vaccine includes the same H3N2 vaccine component as last season, and most circulating H3N2 viruses that have been tested in the USA this season are still similar to the H3N2 vaccine virus.
The effectiveness of the flu shot depends on the nature of the virus, and the strains that were used to make the vaccine.
A nurse administers a drip to flu patients at a hospital in Beijing on December 12, 2005, as the winter malady is causing hospitals to be packed with flu patients.
Over the past week in North Dakota, there were 104 new cases of the flu.
For the cases of suspected meningitis, the GES said it was "awaiting the medical report from the Ghana Health Service, including their recommendations on the way forward, and will update the public accordingly upon receipt". The CDC says worldwide, flu deaths are spiking. Experts also say you should not go to work or school if you have a fever. Because while the influenza may be at best uncomfortable for some people, it is deadly for some.
Additional informational outreach has included a recorded radio program about flu symptoms and vaccinations, a Lunch and Learn event conducted by infectious disease physician Dr. Andrew Murry, information about the flu shared during the Fairfield County Fair and information sharing via social media.
Vaccination by injection is recommended for every unvaccinated individual who is six months and older for whom there are no contraindications as there is no cure for the flu. From 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. January 6, the main clinic is hosting a flu shot clinic.
He says it's not too late to get vaccinated.
To fight the flu, the CDC and local health department recommends getting a flu vaccine, taking everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs and taking flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them.
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