The number of flu cases in Alabama is on the rise

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, vaccination should continue throughout flu season, as long as flu viruses are circulating. However, while pros state that the influenza season may possibly reach its summit, they alert it takes a lot of additional weeks to influenza task to really slow-down. Last year, there were 8,976 reported cases by the end of the first week of January 2017. That's up slightly from 51 hospitalizations during the previous week.

[T] his year is starting to look like a severe season, and maybe more severe than last year, which was also bad, said Dr. Dan Jernigan, head of CDC's influenza division. The state agency didn't provide specific ages. Those deaths bring the total number of fatal pediatric flu cases to 20.

The average age of the other 34 who have died of the flu is 75 years old, cabinet officials said. While the North Colorado Medical Center isn't at capacity with flu patients, Banner Health says its hospitals in the Phoenix area are.

Health officials don't now know how effective this season's vaccines. Symptoms include a cough, sore throat, aches and fever.

Let's say that this year's flu vaccine is even worse than we think.

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Doctors also say research suggests that even if the vaccine doesn't prevent someone from getting the flu, it could help lessen the symptoms.

"As we have seen in many other years at this time, flu activity is on the rise", said city Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett.

If you're sick, stay home from school or work.

· Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Cleaning crews are now working overtime to sanitize the schools.

The H3N2 strain is more risky to patients over 65, under 2 and to those of any age deemed high-risk due to other health issues, such as chronic diseases.

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Additionally, the number of those being treated for flu-like symptoms increased by 2,370 people in one week. As the flu is a viral infection, antibiotic drugs are completely useless against it, and antiviral drugs only serve to make symptoms potentially milder or shorter. If you haven't gotten one yet, experts agree it can still be effective.

He implored all at-risk Bahamians to get vaccinated to avoid catastrophic health risks from the new strain, dubbed Aussie Flu. The strain that has been most pervasive, H3N2, is nastier than most. "You can see why hand hygiene is a critical element to stop the spread of influenza".

Meanwhile, some are finding cold and flu relief in other ways, such as intravenous therapy.

Sky News contacted six branches of Boots across the United Kingdom - in London, Birmingham, Sheffield, Leeds, Glasgow and Belfast - but none were able to provide flu jabs this weekend. Routine cleaning and disinfection in the home and workplace are also important to reduce flu risks. Practice good hand hygiene - wash your hands with soap and water or a hand-sanitizing product liberally - before and after eating, going to the bathroom, spending time in high-traffic settings such as the mall or airport.

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