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Gurdock says ideally you should get your flu shot by the end of October but it's never too late.

While getting the flu doesn't usually inspire dread among the otherwise healthy, the virus can have serious consequences for the frail.

This year's flu season is off to a mild start, though there was an uptick of cases reported nationwide and in Alaska during the last two weeks of the year. He says flu season has not yet peaked in the state and he expects the spread of the virus to continue for the next few weeks.

According to the latest data from the CDC, in the last week of 2016, 10 states around the USA were experiencing high levels of flu-like activity: Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, and Utah.

Barricade, Schutzer said, means staying home once you are symptomatic of the flu to prevent it from spreading to others.

"As usual, the flu can be quite risky for the very young, our senior population and those with chronic conditions".

Mid-island medical health officer Dr. Paul Hasselback says it seems to be making its way up the island.

"The flu shot is for influenza and not for gastrointestinal virus", Rice said. This season, Influenza A, also known as the H3N2 is now the prominent strain and is making people sicker.

Yes, this year's vaccine does contain all the circulating viruses, however, it may be less effective against the H3N2. I don't have the time to slow down and get sick. Getting the flu vaccine is proved to be the best way to prevention from the flu. "If you are sick, take precautions like cleaning up your tissues; keep a bag to thrown them in so you don't infect others". Those who are high-risk, from kids and pregnant women to people with chronic conditions like asthma, should especially get vaccinated. People need to sanitize or wash their hands after touching high-touch areas, including some things that you might not think about, like gas pumps and your own cell phone. Children under 6 months can not get a flu shot, in addition to those who have previously had a severe allergic reaction to a flu vaccine.