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10 March 2018, 04:17 | Lena Norman
Flu shot Credit Flickr NIAID
Some "natural" health websites have misrepresented remarks of a Wisconsin county public health nurse, Anna Treague, who was trying to explain to a local newspaper why this year's influenza vaccine was not as effective as other years.
A KILLER flu pandemic could be poised to sweep the globe "tomorrow", killing as many as 33 million people in its first 200 days.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, flu activity often begins in October, peaks between December and February and can last as late as May.
"We're in the middle of a nationwide flu epidemic and I'm asking North Carolinians to do their part to stay healthy and stop the flu from spreading", Cooper said in a statement. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.
Cabaj said the effectiveness of the flu vaccine against the dominant strain has been lower than health officials would like.
This is an unacceptable compliance rate because influenza is a deadly threat to patients who are children, seniors and those already weakened by illness.
Flu activity in the state initially peaked in late January, but it is rising again as a new strain of Influenza B spreads, the report said.
The flu season is nearing its end, but even now there are more influenza cases in California than there were at the peak of the season past year.
A brutal flu season looks to be on the wane in the United States, with the latest government data showing that doctor visits are still dropping and less severe strains of the flu are starting to dominate.
The week of the report, the State Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa, which is the primary lab for influenza testing and reporting, detected 16 influenza "A" viruses and 42 influenza "B" viruses. Unfortunately, given where we are today in the development process, that reality is still many years off.
The flu vaccine is also offered at locations outside of Tulsa.
"You just need to walk in and ask for a free flu shot", the release states.
Flu is a contagious, viral illness that causes mild to severe symptoms that can sometimes lead to death. The rules ban children from patient rooms and limit the number of visitors to two adults at a time.
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