Flu Season Begins in the United States

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Flu vaccines also are available at doctors' offices and pharmacies.

Vaccines in the United States this season are created to protect against two A strains (H1N1 and H3N2) and up to two B strains (B/Victoria lineage and B/Yamagata lineage), according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Flu season typically begins each year in October, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with flu activity peaking between December and February, and, at times, lasting until May.

As a semi-tropical country, seasonal influenza viruses continue to appear throughout the year in the Sultanate. "Even healthy people get seriously ill from flu every year, but people who are very young, the elderly, pregnant women and people with certain underlying health problems are at high risk of serious flu complications".

The Oklahoma State Department of Health says the current flu season typically runs through May of 2018, and one of the best ways to prevent getting sick is by getting the vaccine. They also offer flu shots for $25 for students without insurance. The highest rate was among children age 6 months to 2 years old, at 7.3 percent it was the only group that exceeded the national public health goal of 70 percent coverage.

It's flu season in Oklahoma. The resident, a man over the age of 50 in northern Idaho, died of complications from influenza this month.

Neither vaccine is recommended for seniors who are allergic to chicken eggs or those who have had a severe reaction to flu shots in the past. You've got a lot of things working against you.

Muscat: Though the number of Influenza cases has dropped by nearly a quarter, compared with 2016, the Ministry of Health (MoH) has warned residents to be vigilant as flu season approaches.

About 1 million Americans are hospitalized from it each year, while almost 50,000 people die from it each year.

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