Get your flu shot, Newfoundland and Labrador health minister says

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Three people have died from flu-related deaths this season, according to the Lake County General Health District.

While that's true, it's the wrong take-home message, says Dr. Deborah Lehman, an infectious diseases specialist and a professor of clinical pediatrics in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

DPH is reporting "widespread" flu activity for the fourth consecutive week this flu season. Many health plans cover the cost of the vaccine with no copay.

Some long-term care facilities have issued warnings on the west coast and in central Newfoundland, restricting visitation as a precaution against the flu season.

"Everyone 6 months of age and older should be vaccinated against the flu every year", Los Angeles County officials noted. The CDC reports that across the country, hospitals are seeing roughly twice the typical baseline of patients with influenza-like symptoms coming through the doors.

The flu also hit Australia hard during its season earlier in 2017, which has led some people to (unfairly) call that strain the "Aussie flu".

"Around 7,500 people around the country are now registered with the survey and, during the winter, they voluntarily report if they have had flu-like symptoms during the previous week", said a spokeswoman.

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Influenza cases have ramped up in the state in recent weeks, health officials say, with 15 CT residents dying so far from seasonal flu. There has already been 49 outbreaks reported this season. If you're going to get the flu - and you may still - it's better to reduce your risk of serious illness and death if at all possible.

The season typically starts in October, but it can last as last as May and usually peaks between December and February, so a shot can still help even though it might be late, she added.

The most recent numbers from the Department of Health show things in this province seem fairly normal in terms of the amount of influenza being spread.

The organization said infection with the flu virus can cause fever, headache, cough, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing and body aches. Vaccination is especially important for anyone who falls into a higher-risk group: older adults, infants and very young children, pregnant women and anyone with a chronic health condition such as diabetes or asthma.

· Wash your hands often with soap and water. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

If you're not sick yet. The health department, located at 719 Middle Creek, is open from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and Chambers said they make appointments form the ship between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

· Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

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