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The flu season turns deadly

Some say the flu shot was less effective this year than previous years.

Palm Beach Post

Some say the flu shot was less effective this year than previous years.

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The 2018 flu season has been the deadliest season since 2014-2015, when the H3N2 flu strain killed 37 children alone.

“More than 8,900 people have been hospitalized since the season started Oct. 1,” Lena H. Sun said in the Washington Post.

Usually beginning with a severe headache, aches and pains and a high fever, the flu weakens the immune system, and sufferers become susceptible to more dangerous bacterial infections like pneumonia.

One way to lessen the impact of symptoms is to get a flu shot. However, some feel the vaccine is ineffective.

“Live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) – or the nasal spray vaccine – is not recommended for use during the 2017-2018 season because of concerns about its effectiveness,” according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) web site.

Tamiflu is prescribed for those who come down with the flu.

“If you have already been exposed to the flu, but you don’t have any symptoms, you can take Tamiflu for up to six weeks to help prevent you from getting sick,” according to the Tamiflu website.

According to doctors, it is in your best interest to catch the sickness as soon as it starts. They recommend taking Tamiflu at the first sign of symptoms.

“It’s important that at the first signs of flu that medical attention is sought. Medicines, such as Tamiflu, can’t do much good after 72 hours of symptoms,” said Dr. Jaimie Snarski of Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center in the Palm Beach Post.

According to the CDC, the best way to avoid the flu is to avoid close contact with sick individuals, stay home when you are sick, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth and clean your hands.

Students who come to school sick risk the chance of not only getting other students infected but also becoming sicker themselves.

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