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Colorado health officials expect increase in flu cases this season

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Sammy Stanley | 27 September, 2017, 00:40

The Cherokee County Health Department will begin its flu immunization clinics on October 4.

This flu season, Alberta Health Services (AHS) will not be offering the nasal spray option.

While many healthy people may consider the flu, which can involve a fever, fatigue, cough, headaches and a stuffy nose, a mild annoyance, the illness can be serious and sometimes deadly for vulnerable populations like young children, pregnant women, medically compromised people and elderly. "No appointment is necessary for that, you just walk in to one of those clinics and one of our nurses will give you a flu shot that evening." .

It's not too early to get your flu shot.

As of Tuesday, 20 Coloradans have been hospitalized with Type A Influenza, a.k.a. the flu, since August 1, when the state department of health begins tracking "flu season". The most populous Australian state, New South Wales, reported 35,000 confirmed cases of influenza during August. None occurred in New Jersey. Once you are vaccinated, it takes about two weeks for the antibodies to develop in your body to become an effective defense against the virus.

This season's vaccines, which have killed viruses and therefore can not cause flu sickness from injection, include strains for Type A H1N1 and H3N2, as well as two Type B strains.

Quadrivalent (four-component) vaccines, which protect against a second lineage of B viruses, are recommended to be produced using the same viruses recommended for the trivalent vaccines, as well as a B/Phuket/3073/2013-like (B/Yamagata lineage) virus. But the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other medical experts, say the impact of flu season can be minimized if more people get early immunizations. High dose vaccinations are often administered to older patients.

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