Flu season is off to a deadly start in New Mexico

Bernalillo County man confirmed to be the first with flu in New Mexico this season

"The flu vaccine is the best way to prevent serious illness and help stop the spread of the flu, especially for vulnerable populations like young children and people 65 and older", North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen, MD, shared.

Flu vaccine is widely available in Clark County.

Prior to each flu season the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducts research into which strains are the most likely to circulate among the population.

After the worst flu season in recent years, the Queensland Government has announced up to 300,000 children across Queensland would be eligible for a free flu vaccination next year.

The flu typically starts with high fever, headaches and muscle pain, progressing to sore throat and cough, usually lasting around seven days.

Flumist, the nasal pump spray, is no longer recommended for anyone because it's inefficient in delivering the vaccine, according to the CDC.

During last year's flu season seven OH children died from influenza-related illnesses and more than 8,600 people were hospitalized.

"It can take up to two weeks for protection to kick in, so you don't want to wait until flu is widely circulating before you get your shot", he said.

"You will not only lessen your chance of getting the flu, you will also limit the likelihood of passing the virus onto family members or colleagues who have a chronic illness or to a newborn infant, for whom influenza can be a very serious health concern", Burstein said. To get vaccinated, call your healthcare provider or pharmacy.

Cover your coughs and sneezes, and steer clear of those who are visibly ill. You also can find a place to get vaccinated at "If you are sick, stay home, and keep sick children away from daycares and schools", said Dr. Kling. People are often indoors during the winter, meaning that they are in direct or close-contact with one another more often. If you can't wash your hands when you're out, use hand sanitizer and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.