Though it hasn't yet reached pandemic level, this flu season is in full-swing, causing serious illness and even death.
"We have some evidence that the vaccination protects the woman from influenza herself, and it can protect the infant in the six months of life from getting influenza before we are able to vaccinate the infant", Flannery said.
"Are doctors who administer the vaccines supposed to earn spiritual merit", she asked, in a sarcastic reference to comments by Premier William Lai (賴清德) in October asking caregivers to look past their low salaries and regard their work as a way to earn spiritual merit.
It may not sound like a disaster, since this year's flu shot is only 10 percent effective against the difficult-to-stop H3N2 strain.
The CDC also advises people to wash their hands often to prevent spreading flu, and to stay home if they're sick so they won't spread it to others.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, several strains of influenza virus are in circulation. Most people recover in less than two weeks.
Although it is relatively early in this flu season, influenza activity in SC at this point has been higher than normal. "That black abyss is something that people can avoid if they would simply get the flu vaccine", said Pool.
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Most Oklahoma cases involve those age 50 or older or those four and younger.
Among health care workers who declined the vaccine, the most common reason is fear of experiencing side effects or getting sick from the vaccine.
"We have probably given an excessive 300 flu shots so far and we still have flu shots", Sheila Hubenka, a TB charge nurse with the health district said.
"If you're not excited about getting vaccinated yourself, do it for the people you love", Mills said.
Doctors still want you to get the shot, though. Some patients believe they can protect themselves by boosting their immune systems, eating well and making sure they sleep better, she said.
Flu season is building momentum in ME, with both outpatient medical visits and hospitalizations on the rise. "Many are hospitalized and some die".
But she said it's too early to predict what strain will predominate or how severe the season will be. The nasal spray vaccine that has been available in recent years is no longer considered effective and is not available.