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Flu activity remains elevated in San Diego county

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As the seasonal flu continues to take its toll on area school systems. "Antivirals shouldn't be withheld pending influenza testing or based on whether you were vaccinated or not", he said. Looking back two weeks, however, local rates roughly tracked with national rates.

Sandon S. Speedling, MHS, CPM, Acting County Health Officer at the Florida Department of Health in Jackson County stated, "Getting vaccinated is the single most effective way to protect yourself and your family from getting the flu".

The vaccine can not give you the flu virus because it doesn't contain live virus. It was least effective among sick and weak elderly people, the team reported in the journal Eurosurveillance. If it's past 48 hours, then the treatment doesn't work.

The predominant strain is the A (H3N2) which is covered in this season's flu vaccine.

That's not as good as last year's formula. but it's better than in some past years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

Wenger agreed. "Given that the risks of vaccination are not great, despite what some people say, sure, why not get the shot?"

Vaccine effectiveness estimates for specific flu strains were 43% (95% CI 29%-54%) against influenza A (H3N2) viruses, and 73% (95% CI 54%-84%) against influenza B viruses, reported Brendan Flannery, PhD, of the CDC, and colleagues.

Dr. John Morrow, Director of the Pitt County Health Department, said that this is normally when flu season peaks.

Other suggestions for staying healthy include hand-washing, using hand sanitizers, staying away from sick people, avoiding touching the eyes, nose or mouth, and cleaning commonly touched surfaces.

As flu season peaks, so does the number of students contracting the flu and in particular, the month of February has already led to a significant influx in flu cases on East Carolina University's campus. There are actually half a dozen different flu vaccines that are formulated differently and that protect against either three or four flu strains. More than likely, you still have time for it to work, ' Dr. Kidd added. It said those who haven't received one, should do so as soon as possible since it takes two weeks for the body to build the resistance given by the vaccine.

"Especially this year, it seems like this virus has really hit the elderly hard with a lot of them ending up in the hospital", Rother says.

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