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07 October 2018, 08:58 | Silvia Roy
That led to 379 deaths, which was twice as many as the year before. Pinellas was among the most active counties in the state for outbreaks during peak season.
A strain of influenza A, known as H3N2, was responsible for the severity of the last flu season that sent a record 4,650 Coloradans to the hospital.
Influenza is a viral respiratory infection and most deaths are caused by the resulting complications rather than the virus itself.
"We are definitely making sure we reevaluated the way we treat patients and the way they come into the clinic", Rich said. More will likely be added as time goes on.
Doctors say they're already seeing earlier cases of the flu this year, including some cases in the Shreveport area as early as August.
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"Drive-thru clinics are important to the community for many different reasons", noted Jessica Schwind, Ph.D., epidemiology professor in the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health (JPHCOPH).
"We hope we'll really get the message out there and get folks vaccinated", Howerton said.
So people shouldnt wait, doctors say.
Dr Will Hynds, chairman of Kernow Local Medical Committee, which represents and supports Global Positioning System in the county, said: "People should not underestimate the effects of seasonal flu - it is unpleasant at best and a potential killer at worst".
It has just launched its annual flu vaccine campaign and is calling on all those in at-risk groups to get themselves vaccinated.
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In addition to the flu jab myth, the latest survey revealed that the two most common methods used by Brits to try and ward off flu are dosing up on vitamin C and drinking a "hot toddy" (a warm whisky drink with honey and lemon). "Also, a lot of other viruses are around during flu season, so a sore throat and runny nose after getting the flu shot is not always the flu". You won't get a full-blown bout of the flu after getting vaccinated, but you may experience mild versions of symptoms associated with the flu as your body builds its immune response.
The health department will hold rural flu clinics in Boone County starting Thursday. The first no-cost clinic day in Pinellas will be October 17.
He said it is important to get a flu shot if someone will be around vulnerable people like infants, elderly or those with preexisting health conditions. The Florida Hospital Centra Care in Carrollwood is offering free shots on Monday.
County health officials have slated a series of immunization clinics next week to gird the public against a potential epidemic as OR enters the flu season. The goal of the vaccine is to prevent severe flu disease.
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