Experts urge more vaccinations as flu becomes 'widespread' in Alabama

Experts urge more vaccinations as flu becomes 'widespread' in Alabama

When the approach, called ARGONet, was applied to flu seasons from September 2014 to May 2017, it made more accurate predictions than the team's earlier high-performing forecasting approach, ARGO, in more than 75 percent of the states studied. Photocopier buttons are rarely wiped down and usually a hotbed mashup of several types of germs that can make you ill.

The flu is now widespread in Alabama - and it's expected to increase, federal health officials reported. Designing the correct immunization against flu means guessing which strain or strains will be the big ones, and then making an effective deterrent.

Officials from the New York State Health Department announced this week that the flu is spreading rapidly throughout the state, with some hospitals reportedly limiting visitation to prevent the spread of the virus. "Flu vaccination protects against flu illness and reduces the risk of flu complications, including flu-associated hospitalization, admissions to the intensive care unit, and even death in children", the CDC wrote. The CDC monitors patients who get to the hospital in cases of flu or flu-like illnesses, but the information can have a delay of nearly two weeks.

Flu season numbers generally peak between December and February.

In recent years, flu-related deaths have ranged from about 12,000 to 56,000, according to the CDC.

This is the first time the agency has provided an in-season estimate of national flu cases.

Flu vaccines are available at the Auburn University Medical Clinic, as well as at many area drugstores and clinics.

She's a health scientist at the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"Elderly, children under the age of five years, pregnant women and those with underlying health conditions are prone to develop serious complications from flu", he added.

Especially in homes with young children, Murti recommends the flu vaccine for everyone in the household, including siblings, parents and grandparents. The highest activity is generally seen from January through March. Experts say the best way to avoid the flu is to get a flu vaccine.

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