According to national figures, almost half of all flu-related hospitalizations across Canada early in the season were among children and youth.
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Influenza symptoms include: headache, fever (102-104), weakness, runny or stuff nose, sneezing, sore throat, cough, chest discomfort and general aches and pains. "We are hoping for a milder season than we had previous year, which was a doozy", Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Tennessee, told Healthline.
Of course, it's still possible to get the flu even if you've gotten the flu shot, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't get vaccinated. These tests are rapid, like the name suggests but depending on the actual strain of the virus going around they can have varying success in properly identifying the flu.
With the start of the new year, flu season has been picking up across the country.
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Price said flu season normally starts around October or November and can last until March or April. However, while many symptoms of a cold may appear similar to influenza, influenza symptoms tend to be more severe.
"Flu activity has taken off our projection is that it's going to continue to increase, probably for the next few months", says Dr. Andrew Walshak with Presbyterian/ St. Luke's Medical Center.
People get sick more often in the winter because they are exposed to each other more than in the summer.
The flu spreads "mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk".
An estimated 80,000 people died during the 2017-2018 flu season, according to the CDC.
The county will be offering flu shots at the Camden County Aletha Wright Administration Building located at 600 Market St. on the first and third Fridays of the month from 9 a.m.to noon and from 1 p.m.to 4 p.m. Two children also died from influenza a year ago.
The flu shot takes two weeks to take full effect, officials said. Children, pregnant women, and the elderly are among the highest risk groups for flu-related complications.