Hand washing can keep kids healthy this flu season

Data from the CDC's interactive flu-tracking site show cases of people falling ill with'influenza-like illnesses  are more widespread than in previous years

Flu season hits Massachusetts early as experts worry vaccine won't match dominant strain

This year, the scientists may have gotten it wrong.

Heather Chamberlin got the flu vaccine during October just like she does every year. "Rite Aid pharmacists undergo special training and are professionally certified to administer immunizations and with thousands of locations across the country, Rite Aid pharmacies are a convenient and professional setting for flu shots". National Influenza Vaccination Week is December 3-9, and the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) encourages all Georgians to get their flu vaccine.

This year's flu season is off to a fast start and early indications suggest that it may be more severe than the previous season.

In 2014 147 children died of flu- most of them from a particular strain H3N2. Experts fear this season's flu could also be deadly and hard to control
Flu vaccine may only be 10 percent effective, experts warn

Health experts say this year's vaccine is only believed to be 10% effective.

"The CDC recommends that everyone over 6 months old receive a flu vaccine from a licensed medical professional".

The report emphasized the need for a universal vaccine that would protect against all strains of the virus that kills some 36,000 in the United States each year. He said this year's vaccine should work.

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention established National Influenza Vaccination Week in 2005 to raise awareness about the importance of flu vaccination, even after the end of November. Parents also need to know when to keep kids home.

Four states are reporting widespread outbreaks of the flu.

Cover - Cover your cough or sneeze with your arm or a disposable tissue.

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Clean - Wash your hands frequently with warm, soapy water.

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