That's the mantra of Dr. Zane Saul, Bridgeport Hospital's chief of infectious disease.
The state Health Department says influenza is now prevalent in ny state, which means health care workers who haven't had a flu shot must wear procedural masks around patients. It doesn't work!' " Saul said.
Meanwhile, flu activity in CT is climbing steadily.
With flu cases on the rise across the country, local health officials urge people to get vaccinated.
Though the study authors recommend wider use of flu vaccination to help drive down the flu mortality burden, Sullivan pointed out that current vaccine are imperfect and expected benefits might be overstated, especially for older people. There were no deaths.
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The number of cases is "considerably elevated", the report says, relative to the same period two seasons ago.
Over the last three flu seasons, NY state saw 19 pediatric influenza deaths.
The viruses attacked by the vaccine are chosen far before the flu season because it takes a while to grow the necessary material in the millions of eggs needed.
"Individuals under a physician's care for chronic medical conditions and children under the age of three years are asked to obtain a prescription for flu immunization from their private physician". "Although the flu numbers from Australia are concerning and bear watching, the implications for the US are not known at this point".
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"Now that flu season has arrived, the best way to protect yourself, your family and your co-workers is to get a flu shot", said Acting Health Commissioner Christopher R. Rinn.
States with the most "widespread" flu activity, as of December 2, included: Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana. "It can change for the worse or the better". "Getting it during the holiday season is even worse", said Chakravarty.
When certain people get sick, they are at high risk of developing serious flu-related complications, such as pneumonia or bronchitis. Also, experts suggest getting the flu shot.
"We do see a predominance of the H3N2 virus that was common last season", Flannery said. The state DPH reports that 106 of the positive flu cases were type A, with an unspecified subtype and 17 were type A (H3N2). Almost 90 percent of the specimens that tested positive are of this type.
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