CDC urges at-risk group to get flu shots

Henrietta Strickland
December 7, 2017

However, 6 percent of the cases with serious flu complications reported in the previous flu season involved people with chronic liver disease, so those people should also be aware of the increased risk, Lo said.

A Nov. 30 report by the BC Centre of Disease Controlsays that for the time period between Nov. 12 and Nov. 25, flu rates are within the 10-year average and detection "remains at low but increasing levels, with a mix of influenza A and B".

Nationally, three states, in addition to MA, are seeing widespread cases of the flu.

It's just the start of the flu season, but the virus has already spread widely across MA, according to state epidemiologists who track and report the flu to the Centers for Disease Control. Those at high-risk include: pregnant women, young children, adults 50 years and older, and people with chronic health conditions.

Most people are said to recover from the fever and other symptoms within a week without requiring medical attention but influenza can cause severe illness or death in people deemed high risk.

If you're 65 or older, there are two vaccine options created to boost immune response.

"The flu vaccine takes two weeks to become fully effective", said Dr. Levine.

This winter all visitors to Vancouver hospitals and nursing homes once again must get a flu shot or wear a surgical mask. This year, there are concerns that the shot is not very effective, but experts are still encouraging people to get it.

Flu shots are available at more than 300 locations around Vermont.

Doctors still want you to get the shot, though.

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