Those who were vaccinated and still get the flu are "less likely to have the complications of pneumonia, having to be hospitalized and dying", said Schaffner.
Some central IN hospitals have begun restricting visitors because of the increased number of flu cases IN the state.
Those admitted tend to be at higher risk for complications, such as an elderly person having trouble breathing or an infant. She did not have specific numbers.
Tennessee is one of only 13 states that is not reporting widespread flu activity.
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The ADPH suggests that everyone 6 months and older receive the "quadrivalent vaccine", the flu vaccine that protects against four influenza strains, because one of the strains in circulation in Alabama (Type B/Yamagata) is only included in the quadrivalent vaccine.
If someone begins to feel ill, the key is to stay hydrated and take a pain reliever and fever reducer such as Tylenol, Modi said.
"Widespread" means that more than 50 percent of geographic regions within a US state are reporting flu activity. Flu vaccinations are available at your primary care doctor's office, many local pharmacies or the Chautauqua County Department of Health & Human Services' Public Health Clinics.
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Something similar happened a few years ago.
The CDC says the vaccine can reduce your risk by as much as 60 percent if the circulating virus is close to the vaccine virus.
This year, experts are warning about a severe flu season, and they're already seeing a rise in flu cases in some parts of the country. In addition, the vaccine included DNA for a protein that is highly conserved and, thus, shared across different strains of virus. Besides the app, you can also see where the flu is and where it's spreading by going to the Sick Weather website where you'll see how the flu is spreading over the past 5 days.
¯ Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth. Many factors go into maintaining good health and a strong immune system.
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"Continue spreading holiday cheer and not the flu", said Jeffrey Gunzenhauser, MD, MPH, interim health officer for Los Angeles County.