"There are a number of ways to limit the spread of flu".
What's not measured, he said, is what happens if you get the flu. Between the beginning of flu season in October and December 16, there have been 2,711 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza, and 953 people hospitalized.
Meanwhile, figures released by Public Health England show a sharp rise in cases, triggered by a surge in two aggressive subtypes attacking the population simultaneously.
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When determining between cold versus flu, Kendrick said physicians have a hard time.
Some critics are questioning if the vaccine has been effective this year. In New York, there were 19 pediatric influenza deaths over the past three seasons and almost 11,200 flu-related hospitalizations each season.
That's double from the prior week, and there are several more months left in flu season.
A few months back, the first warnings arrived about the H3N2 virus (aka the "Aussie Flu") - which saw both Australia and New Zealand hit with their worst outbreaks on record - and that the virus would most likely make it to the United Kingdom, becoming the worst flu season on record. Statistically, every 100 people who get the flu will infect 127 others. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that in the 2015-16 flu season, the vaccine prevented approximately 5.1 million cases of the flu, including 3,000 deaths from flu and pneumonia. "Previous year it was much lower". "The vaccine takes two weeks for effectiveness and the flu season started later".
Michael Mendoza says there have already been 365 lab-confirmed cases of the flu in the county alone. It is tracked by emergency room visits, and thermometer sales at local drug stores is also tracked to gauge illness in the region.
"Cover your cough. Stay at home if you feel ill, and make sure you wash your hands, any time you're in contact with anybody".
Dr Anna Clarke at the HSE's National Immunisation Office has warned: "The flu vaccine is a lifesaver because flu can be a very serious and sometimes deadly disease, with potentially 1,000 flu-related deaths in Ireland during a severe flu season".
The policy is in place through March 2018.
"Vaccination is the best way to protect against influenza, and is especially important for health care workers", said Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker, noting it is specifically relevant for health care workers because they routinely mix with sick and vulnerable patients. "Children are particularly likely to carry viruses since they are heavily exposed in the school setting". Common symptoms include fever and chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle and body aches, headaches and fatigue.
The 'Aussie flu' caused havoc in Australian hospitals during their winter months.