Will County Health Department: 2017-2018 flu season

Health officials like Maggie Hall, with the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County, say that could be an early indication of a more severe influenza season early next year.

In addition to getting the vaccine, the CDC recommends avoiding close contact with sick people, washing your hands often with soap and water and covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.

The vaccine's effectiveness was limited in Australia, only being about 10 percent effective against Influenza A (H3N2), which was the predominate virus experienced there. Since we know the flu is a winter disease in temperate countries, we look at countries in the Southern Hemisphere that have already experienced their winters to see or get a little hint of what might be coming our way for winter in the Northern Hemisphere. Some experts say this year's flu shot might not prevent the illness for nine out of 10 people.

A nurse administers a flu vaccine shot. Regina and surrounding area has had 17 confirmed cases so far this flu season.

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Flu season has arrived earlier than it did previous year - just in time for the holidays - and health officials are concerned that this season could bring a severe outbreak.

She said that people should go to the doctor as soon as they start to feel ill.

And finally, if you can, stay at home if you're sick.

"They have a less tropical climate, one that's more like ours", Patel said in a news release.

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What's more, American vaccine manufacturers look at the strain hitting Australia when producing the vaccines for the US, but that strain can mutate within the six to eight months the USA industry needs to produce the vaccines.

The biggest drop in flu shot rates was seen among Hispanic adults (down 7.7 percent from last year).

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Central Illinois has been hit particularly hard this flu season, with Litchfield schools being forced to shut down last week due to a high number of absences.

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“According to the CDC, it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against influenza virus infection to fully develop in the body, so its best to get vaccinated early, ” said PHD spokeswoman Melanie Collett.

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