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Simple ways to help keep you, your kids from getting the flu

The CDC, along with the World Health Organization, make their recommendations for the flu vaccine, and the FDA approves the best option to be produced in the United States.

Epidemiologists and virus experts don't have an explanation yet for why the flu this season has been worse than usual, Schuchat said.

"The flu season is still underway and it will still be going for several weeks, so there is a benefit of getting the flu shot now", Lipsitch urged.

The flu season has been driven by type A (H3N2), a flu strain that can lead to more severe illness with more hospitalizations and deaths compared to other flu virus strains.

Influenza can be unpredictable, health department sources said, with recurrence of additional strains developing later in the flu season.

To get some answers, we spoke with Dr. Maria Lopez-Cantor, an internal specialist at New York University's Langone Health, over email.

Also at high risk of complications from the flu virus are adults over 65, pregnant women and people with a history of asthma, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, HIV/AIDS and cancer.

If you had the flu already this year and think you have paid your dues.you could still get it again. Levels were highest in babies younger than 6 months old, followed by kids ages 6 to 23 months old. The H3N2 flu strain is infecting the most patients.

One of the worst flu outbreaks in the United States in almost a decade worsened last week and will likely linger for several weeks, causing more deaths, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday.

Hospital emergency rooms are being inundated during this flu season and are having to add extra staff and resources to handle the cases. According to Benard, the vaccination protects against multiple strains of influenza, and without it, this flu season would have been much more severe.

'We have a lot to learn still about influenza. The flu has claimed the lives of seven Texas children in all. "Those vaccinated patients who still get influenza are less sick and will be less likely to spread the virus", he says.

The flu started showing up locally in early in December, and seemed to peak by the last week in December with 101 cases reported that week.

Flu shots cost $30 during its regular hours of operation Monday-Thursday.

To differentiate between a regular cold and the flu, Rubin said the hallmarks of the flu are high fevers, body aches and significant coughing. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose or mouth.

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