"Flu season typically does not peak until January or February".
However, health officials say that it's too early to tell how well the vaccine with work against the flu virus in the U.S.
Widespread activity is the highest level of flu activity.
Although the effectiveness of the US flu vaccine is unknown, the vaccine remains a valuable public health tool.
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"Even if our vaccine is not a good match to the circulating viruses, there's still research that indicates people who've had a flu shot, if you do still happen to get the flu, the severity of those symptoms are lessened", said Sue Grant, community health services supervisor at the McLean County Health Department.
Another nurse expressed worry that if someone who did not get the shot came down with the flu and called in sick, there could be punitive measures taken.
Wash your hands often with soap and water. "What compounds it is why we always push people to get the flu shots before the Thanksgiving holiday - it's really the travel to those areas where there are flu outbreaks".
Burton said for people age 65 and older, there is a high-dose vaccine.
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"That's about average for us here, but with number of cases going up in OH, we expect to see those trends pick up in Sandusky County", Brown said. That's the way health officials measure the severity of flu season.
Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared that influenza is now widespread in CT.
Opponents of the flu vaccine counter that life-threatening reactions can be caused by the shot, including brain inflammation and even death.
Symptoms of influenza can include a fever of more than 38 C (100.4 F), dry cough, chills, headache, muscle ache, loss of appetite, sore throat and runny nose, and in younger children, nausea and vomiting.
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It sounds very simple, she said, but everyone should dispose of all used tissues immediately after using them. For starters, if you are sick, if at all possible, stay home.