Two more flu-related deaths recorded in El Paso

Doctors say don't go to the ER for the flu

Doctors say don't go to the ER for the flu

Ensure that NY continues to have an adequate supply of flu vaccine and remaining in close communication with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding vaccine availability.

The Department of Health reported influenza cases rose by 54% over the past week, with new cases diagnosed in all 62 counties, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a press release.

Calgary was the hardest hit area, with 20 influenza-related deaths and 845 hospitalizations.

Influenza cases on the IL side of the state line are continuing to rise as Rockford's three hospitals are under restricted visitation.

Lori Metzgar, RN, prepares a flu shot at Capital Care Pediatrics in Clifton Park last January. Can it make you sick?

As for getting a bad reaction to the flu shot?

According to CDH, vaccine effectiveness against Influenza A has been around 30 percent but effectiveness against other strands circulating has been about 50 to 60 percent.

The flu epidemic across the country is showing no signs of slowing down.

Jind gangrape-murder case: Suspect class 12 boy, found dead
Two special investigation teams (SITs) under DSP-rank officers have been constituted to probe the incident, the Jind police said. The Congress leaders expressed deep concern over the recent incidents of rape-and-murder and "rising crime graph" in the state.

In addition, health officials urge vaccination as a way to prevent the spread of flu to those most likely to develop serious complications, which include the very young, the very old and those with other underlying health conditions. "Recently the CDC issued a health advisory advising clinicians that antiviral treatment that all hospitalized and high-risk persons with influenza should be treated with antiviral medications and that benefits are observed even when treatment is initiated beyond two days of illness onset".

On the Wisconsin side of the border in Rock County, flu cases are on pace to nearly double compared to previous year if the rate of positive cases continues.

Ballard said that the flu season typically runs until late spring so there is still time to get vaccinated.

Emergency doctors at St. John's Riverside Hospital in Yonkers say the severity of the flu this season may have to do with the particular strain of vaccine being circulated.

- Wash your hands often with soap and water. "Things like making sure you cover your coughs and sneezes, and also washing your hands really well".

- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

"Stay home if you're sick", Fryman said. It doesn't hurt to call your doctor, however, if you're concerned about your illness or your symptoms seem severe.

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