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IL among states with "widespread" flu activity

IL among states with

San Luis Obispo County has seen an uptick in flu cases, county public health officials said in a statement urging the public to take precautions to guard their health.

The South Bend Tribune reports state health officials consider IN to have entered flu season once complaints of flu-like illnesses account for at least 2 percent of visits to hospitals and doctors' offices.

Health officials say despite the rise in cases, there have been no deaths from the flu this year. The fifth patient was an 81-year-old resident of Irving.

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"The biggest thing about flu and the flu season is campaigning education in communities", said Dr. Manish Trivedi, Division Director of Infectious Disease at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center. But it's hard to track exact numbers because only a certain percentage of people with flu symptoms go the hospital for testing. That's up from 84 cases reported during the previous week.

Signs and symptoms of the flu include fever or feeling feverish, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue and possibly vomiting and diarrhea.

The health department will be giving vaccinations at the Long Beach Martin Luther King Jr.

"Patients are recovering from surgery and various illnesses, so we can not risk subjecting them to the flu and other cold viruses", said Lisa Klaustermeier, Chief Nursing Officer at Anderson Hospital.

"In most cases of the flu, it's best to recover on your own at home", according to a county statements.

"It's not too late to get a flu shot and everyone six months or older can still get one", says Dr. Silvers.

Vaccine effectiveness varies from year to year though recent studies show that the flu shot typically reduces the risk of illness by 40 percent to 60 percent among the overall population when the circulating virus is matched closely to the vaccine virus, according to the CDC.

-It's easier than ever to get vaccinated.


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