Two more flu-related deaths recorded in El Paso

A pregnant woman gets vaccinated against the flu at a Boston hospital.									Lisa Poole  AP

Influenza A, the most common strain in Kentucky is being attributed to the deaths. "It's not possible to say precisely when this flu season will peak or end or how severe it will be".

The vaccine is free to Albertans six months of age and older, and is available at clinics and pharmacies. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicted earlier this year that the vaccine in use this season may only be about 32 percent effective against the H3N2 strain of flu that is in widest circulation.

Hawaii is the only state where the flu activity is not widespread.

"We're getting reports every single day about positive flu cases", said Fleming County Health Department Director Stephanie Fryman.

Seasonal influenza, or the flu, is a contagious respiratory virus. This strand leads to more severe illness.

Lori Metzgar, RN, prepares a flu shot at Capital Care Pediatrics in Clifton Park last January. Harrie also recommends getting rest and residents isolating themselves until they don't have a fever for at least 24 hours. Choose a product with at least 60 percent alcohol.

The flu epidemic across the country is showing no signs of slowing down.

But why does it seem like the flu shot isn't working this year?

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Harrie said though some may think it's too late to get the vaccine, she said it can take two weeks to become effective.

- Try to avoid contact with sick people.

Emergency doctors at St. John's Riverside Hospital in Yonkers say the severity of the flu this season may have to do with the particular strain of vaccine being circulated.

Do not cough or sneeze into your hands. But those more likely to experience potentially risky complications from flu include: children under 5; adults age 65 or older; pregnant women; people with chronic conditions such as heart, lung, kidney, or liver disease, or diabetes; those who have HIV or who are taking immunosuppressant drugs such as prednisone (Deltasone, Prednicot, others and generic) or drugs used in cancer chemotherapy. Instead, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue.

- Wash your hands often with soap and water.

- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

Most people who have the flu should stay home to avoid infecting others. "See a doctor and take the medication they give you".

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