Longford people in flu risk group are urged to get vaccinated

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There are two types of TRICARE-authorized providers: Network and Non-Network. for the flu shot if the pharmacy has restrictions or the shot isn't available.

Dr Kevin Kelleher, HSE Assistant National Director, Health Protection, said that Ireland had now entered the flu season. You can visit vaccinefinder.orgto find locations offering flu shots or other vaccines.

Since September, PHAC says 414 children under age 16 have been hospitalized for flu, with the highest estimated rate of admission among kids under five years of age. Complications associated with the virus can lead to hospitalization or death, especially for seniors, young children and people with compromised immune systems, Hafiz said.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the injectable vaccine for children but also the use of the nasal spray known as Flu Mist, for those over two years old with no underlying conditions. These tests are rapid, like the name suggests but depending on the actual strain of the virus going around they can have varying success in properly identifying the flu. Because these two types of illnesses have similar symptoms, it can be hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone.

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The symptoms are similar to seasonal flu symptoms. As symptoms progress, more serious problems such as pneumonia, a lung infection, or breathing problems can occur.

For too many, it's more than the unpleasantness of fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue. "These include trouble breathing, vomiting, difficulty eating, and symptoms that appear to be going away and then return with other complications".

This question has probably been asked since the first time the flu made someone sick. While the 2018-2019 flu season started back in fall, there are still a few more months before it ends. "The flu is always going on but there's a big boost in the winter months". "We're so used to the flu that we really underestimate it", Morse said.

Why Do We Get Sick When It's Cold Outside? . Persons who already have the flu can help prevent the spread of the illness by staying home and allowing time to recover, covering their mouths and not sharing drinks.

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