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It's already been used in Australia, because they're on a different season. The flu virus spreads when someone with influenza coughs, sneezes, or talks.

Due to the early increased activity this year, both in Kentucky and nationally, increased flu activity is anticipated to continue to several months.

"We've had more positive tests over the last couple weeks so it looks like we're really starting to get into the season in earnest and that certainly seems to be the trend nationally as well", said Dr. Mary Healy at Texas Children's Hospital.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone over the age of 6 get their flu shot each season.

It's also wise to not attempt to self-diagnose - "Unless a doctor told you that you have the flu, you can not jump to that conclusion".

The CDC says that this year's flu strains are expected to be mostly similar to last year's, when the vaccine was 39% effective (a tad behind recent historical norms). In short, prevention is always better than cure; the best defense against the flu is to get an annual flu shot.

This national map, created by the CDC, tracks the flu across America.

For example, people with egg allergies are assigned a specific egg-free vaccine, and so on.

Miller stated PHDM does have some idea of which viruses have been appearing most regularly during the current flu season.

Yet there are those who may argue that they are perfectly healthy and do not require such measures to protect their health. The most common side effects from the influenza vaccine are soreness, redness, or swelling at the site of the injection and, in some cases, a low-grade fever, headache or muscle ache.

While the flu vaccine is most often administered from September to mid-November, it is not too late for people who have not yet gotten vaccinated to do so.

Swartzentruber recommends for the best outcome if you get the flu, you should seek treatment within the first 48 hours.

The 2017-18 flu season may turn out be a pretty rough one, if the early trends hold steady.

This year the flu has reached every state in the country and has reached what is considered epidemic proportions in seven of the 10 regions of the USA, a flu specialist with the CDC told WebMD.

So far 43% of you say you're going downhill, but the remaining 57% say you're doing just fine. The vaccine is made with a dead or weakened form of the flu virus, which can't give you influenza given the stunted amounts within the shot. But if you're still anxious, thimerosal-free flu vaccines are available for children and adults. The flu can be especially serious for children, the elderly and those with weak immune systems. These include rapid heartbeat, respiratory problems, hives, dizziness, paleness, or weakness.

The vaccine only reduces the possibility of getting the flu; it does not rule out the chance of contracting it entirely. Why, then, isn't everyone getting that annual flu shot?

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