Health officials say more needs to be done to protect from flu

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If people do get sick after a shot, the CDC said it could be because the protection doesn't kick in for two weeks from the time of injection, a time when a person is vulnerable.

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Last week, a Yukon elementary school was forced to close its doors after 115 students and 10 teachers called in sick.

"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.

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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.

"The influenza vaccine protects against multiple strains of flu", said Stacey Anderson, who works for the DPHHS Communicable Disease Epidemiology section. "His death is a reminder of how serious the flu can be, especially among vulnerable populations", said DPH director Karyl Rattay, MD, MS.

Jenny Israel, head of children's public health nursing, Hywel Dda University Health Board, explained why it's so important that eligible children receive the flu nasal spray vaccine.

"Most of the increase came around Thanksgiving", Burton said.

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She also stressed avoiding touching the T-zone on your face - the eyes, nose and mouth.

The flu can be spread from person to person when an infected person talks, sneezes or coughs. Wu said the flu season in CT could extend into April. They say that's why vaccines "wear off" instead of giving lifetime immunity from the very strains people are inoculated with.

While there are many new ideas for designing a universal influenza vaccine, it will take years to develop one.

Symptoms of influenza can include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.

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Burton has been in nursing since 1989; and has worked in infection prevention for the past seven and a half years. But these days, I'm not so sure that we shouldn't be more focused on the larger issue of preserving community health by being more accommodating to individuals and families, since they really are one and the same.

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