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3 more flu-related deaths in Hong Kong

3 more flu-related deaths in Hong Kong

"Although influenza season usually peaks between December and February, flu activity can occur as late as May, which means it is not too late to get vaccinated".

"If you're eligible, please make getting the vaccination a priority and book an appointment with your GP practice or health board as soon as possible".

Health officials in North Carolina report four new flu deaths, while a school canceled classes for the rest of the week and hospitals placed restrictions on visitors because of the outbreak.

In Greater Williamsburg, about 80 percent of the cases have been a less severe strain of flu called "H1", Berg said. The first small number of confirmed flu cases was in mid-October, according to HISD.

The "H3" strain of the flu is much more serious, especially for the elderly and children.

"Our data shows that more people are visiting Global Positioning System with flu symptoms and we are seeing more people admitted to hospitals with the flu".

This particular type of H3N2 has infected more people earlier, and spread faster, than in years past.

"It still helps", Berg said.

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That might be because of a less effective flu shot.

On Monday alone, Parkland's emergency department had seen 930 patients - double what the hospital typically sees for people with flu symptoms by this time of year, Dr. Joseph Chang, associate chief medical officer for Parkland, told CBS11.

Those over the age of 9 are eligible for the free shot.

Vaccines are also available at doctors' offices and retail pharmacies.

"An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to reduce your risk of getting sick and spreading it to others", officials with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said.

The advice from Werker, Shahab and others is to stay home when you're sick, cough into your sleeve and always wash your hands.

"The flu virus changed, it mutated". Whitehead said you are the first line of defense in protecting yourself from contracting the virus.

Canada's flu shot contains the same vaccine components as that used by Australia during the Southern Hemisphere's flu season that ended in August, which was found to have only 10 per cent effectiveness in preventing H3N2.

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