On December 15, 2017, health officials in California's Riverside County reported its first flu-related death of the season.
There have been news reports that this year's flu vaccine is only about 10 percent effective, but those reports are misleading.
The United States typically mirrors Australia's flu season.
"Here the flu season officially begins October 1 and lasts until March 31, but we look at it all year round", Burton said.
His hypothesis became the basis of numerous studies showing that people with the lowest Vitamin D levels reported having significantly more colds or cases of the flu.
Although the county has plenty vaccine to go around, Thompson said it seems that fewer people are getting flu vaccinations this year.
Schneeman said one population in particular should consider getting a flu shot.
Speaking on RTÉ's News At One, he said the vaccine has a very safe record.
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"Pregnant women and their young infants are at high risk for serious complications from the flu", said Dr. Clint Koenig, Medical Director of the Ohio Department of Health.
"That's about average for us here, but with number of cases going up in OH, we expect to see those trends pick up in Sandusky County", Brown said.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that everyone over the age of six months get an influenza vaccine before the holidays.
The Peterson Health staff has the following pieces of advice, saying the flu can knock you off your feet; but knowing how to pamper oneself can help you feel better faster. If you do get sick, stay home until you're well again, so you don't spread more germs.
Opponents of the flu vaccine counter that life-threatening reactions can be caused by the shot, including brain inflammation and even death.
If 10 tips are too many, Grant said to keep it simple with the "three C's."
If you get sick, look out for severe aches and pains in your muscles and joints, notable fatigue and weakness, headaches and a high fever.