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Flu season likely to peak in the coming weeks

Flu season likely to peak in the coming weeks

There's a chance every flu season that the efficacy of the flu shot can change, she said. The flu season typically lasts from October through May, but officials say there's been an increase in cases earlier than normal and the uptick is expected to continue for several months.

And, the state health department says we could see even more Flu cases at the beginning of the New Year.

While both national and worldwide indicators hint that the illness could be severe this year, officials at the New Mexico Department of Health say it's too early to predict how bad the flu season might be.

Health officials say there have been about 3,000 reported flu cases statewide.

The more people who get it, he said, the less likely there will be a serious flu problem in the country.

DHSS Director Dr. Randall Williams said, "We know that historically, the intensity or prevalence of flu can vary from year to year".

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit provided an update of this season's influenza cases following Thursday afternoon's monthly board meeting.

The flu is a very contagious respiratory illness, and its symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headache, muscle aches and extreme fatigue.

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Two people have died from influenza in McLean County, and area hospitals are taking precautions to make sure the infection doesn't spread to their patients. That's double the amount as the same time a year ago.

Individuals can come to the Health Department to get a shot at any time, Harrison said.

"Certainly getting together with friends and family over the holidays and with people in close confines is probably going to promote the spread of influenza", said Karen Martin, an epidemiologist with the Minnesota Health Department.

But those who got the vaccine might see milder cases if flu infection does occur.

The American vaccine is similar to Australia's vaccine, and the dominant strain of flu virus in Australia also appears to be the same as ours this season.

Flu shots are also offered by many physicians and pharmacies.

Visit tulsa-health.org for more information about the flu, including flu vaccination clinic locations and hours of operation, and accepted insurance and other methods of payment. Vaccination is more important for people with weakened immune systems, as well as those who are pregnant, elderly or live with or care for others at high risk.

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