"Flu is so severe, and I think this is a good reminder that when flu circulates in the United States, we get thousands of deaths, or tens of thousands of deaths, and hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations," says CDC Dr. Joseph Bresee. "So, we really want folks to think about that and make sure they get vaccinated. If they haven't gotten vaccinated yet this year, go out and get it now."
Pennsylvania is one of the states hit hard by the virus, with about 11,000 confirmed cases so far, and 22 deaths. The elderly are most vulnerable. People over the age of 65 accounting for 20 of the 22 deaths. One hospital in Allentown built a mobile surge tent outside to treat victims with milder cases of the virus because of the overwhelming number of patients flowing into the ER. The CDC says the current flu vaccine has proven 62% effective. The flu outlook is constantly changing. You can get the latest 24/7 at Fox17.com. Just look for FLU under HOT TOPICS.
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Flu Signs and Symptoms
FLU VS. COMMON COLD
Flu Symptoms (more intense than common cold):
- Body aches
- Extreme tiredness
- Dry cough are more common and intense
- Stuffy/runny nose
- Sore throat
- Fever is rare
- Slight body aches
- Mild fatigue
Source: Centers for Disease Control
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