Doctors warn flu season could peak due to travel, parties

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The flu virus spreads from person to person by droplets produced by people coughing, sneezing or even talking.

Recently, flu and sinus medications seem to be in short supply at several local pharmacies, which begs the question have there been higher instances of the flu virus or are citizens simply "stocking up" on such medications in the vein of prevention is better than the cure?

While it is recommended you take the shot at the start of flu season, shots can be administered any time.

Fact: Simply put, a flu shot is the best protection you can get.

This season, however, the new report suggests that Australia may not end up being such a flu harbinger. The effectiveness of the vaccine varies each season as the strain of the virus adapts and adjusts to its environment, but generally the vaccine is about 40 to 60 percent effective in protecting the population from the flu.

Flu cases locally and nationwide have spiked this season and concerns are growing over a new strain of the virus that is overpowering vaccines.

Separately, the agency said the number of flu-like illness cases increased 16 percent last week, with a total of 77,444 cases reported nationwide and 14 cases of serious flu complications confirmed. "Last year we saw in the United States 110 pediatric deaths from flu". As of Thursday, 31 positive cases of influenza had been seen at OSF St. Francis.

The CDC advises everyone older than six months of age get the flu shot if they aren't allergic.

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While the flu vaccine is most often administered from September to mid-November, it is not too late for people who have not yet gotten vaccinated to do so.

- avoid close contact with sick people and limit contact with others as much as possible while sick.

People should wash their hands after using a disposable tissue.

Try to avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth as germs spread this way.

- clean and disinfect surfaces that may be contaminated. Anyone who is sick with the flu should go to his or her primary doctor or to an urgent care, not the emergency room unless there is an emergency.

Some urgent care facilities in DE say they are experiencing higher rates of patients with flu-like illnesses compared with the same period in previous years.

Some people thing the flu vaccine can give you the flu but medical practitioners say it can't.