Doctors told Channel 2 Action News they think this flu season could last through April, and doctors said you should get the flu shot, for you and your children, if you haven't already done it. Most doctors have a way of keeping infected people away from non-infected people.
"The best way to prevent the flu is getting the flu vaccine.Its recieved a lot of scrutiny this year, because our current strain H3N2 is a very high mutator, so the flu shot is not quite as active", Brownfield said. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
People planning to visit there or other countries where the flu is spreading in the near future should consult with physicians familiar with travel health on the need for vaccinations or taking preventive medication two to four weeks before departure, the CDC suggested.
Some people, especially young children and people with weakened immune systems, might be able to infect others with flu viruses for an even longer time.
Although vaccinations are known as the most effective method of prevention, it does not guarantee complete protection from the virus.
Also in South Korea, the host nation of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games scheduled to take place from February 6-25, the highly pathogenic H5N6 and N5N8 types of avian flu have been reported in South Jeolla, North Jeolla and Gyeonggi provinces since the beginning of the year.
And according to the state Health Department, anywhere from 12,000 to 56,000 deaths a year are caused by the flu nationwide, with 90 percent of those in people older than 65. "The CDC clearly knows the H3N2 years tend to be a little bit more severe", Brownfield said.
Some people are at high risk of developing serious flu-related complications like pneumonia or worsening of existing chronic health conditions. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.
This article was released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.