Cheshire East Council and NHS England are encouraging everyone who is eligible for a free flu vaccination to make sure that they have it, as we are now seeing more cases.
With flu cases soaring in OH, the state health department says it has been a rough season so far.
HPS in its latest report says 'There is continuing evidence of increasing secondary care pressure based on virological detections of influenza'. "Here in Knox County, we are definitely high, based on the number of patients being seen".
Some 1,470 Utahns were hospitalized by the flu in last year's flu season, and 1,193 in the season before that, according to state numbers. The vaccine available in the U.S.is reportedly only 10% effective in preventing illness from the strain.
The Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisations recommended the switch to an adjuvanted vaccine in over-65s previous year, but recommended any change should start with those over 75.
At the end of last week, Salt Lake County was reporting 184 hospitalizations, with another 72 in the southwest Utah health district, which includes St. George, and 49 in Utah County.
"The vaccine is the best protection there is against flu", he added. Health officials told the Los Angeles Times on Friday that 27 people younger than 65 had died of the flu in California since October.
Dr. Martha Buchanan, the director of the Knox County Health Department, said they are seeing more cases of the flu in Knox County.
The flu can be deadly, especially for those with underlying health conditions. If you do get the flu, taking antiviral drugs is key to shortening the severity and duration of the illness, he added. She said it is even more important if their baby is younger than six months and therefore, can not get vaccinated. Hand sanitizer is good, too, but it doesn't replace hand washing.