"You are far more likely to be exposed to the flu in the next two months than you were during the past two months", he said.
Symptoms can include fever, cough, sore throat, muscle or body aches and fatigue, though doctors warn not everyone who has the flu will have a fever.
The data provided by HUHS Senior Director of Nursing and Health Promotion Maria Francesconi represents a 15.5 percent year-over-year increase in flu shots.
In a press release, the agency remind residents that the flu can be serious, and that flu activity is on the rise statewide. Some hospitals were so overwhelmed that they set up triage tents in parking lots. Many people in the UAE suffer from this cold and the flu between October and May each year because the virus spreads very quickly.
"We have to be aware the flu virus can still be deadly", Young said.
Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh last week noted concerns that pregnant women and people with existing chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, may be at risk from the vaccine.
This is the second flu-related death reported in Pierce County of the 2019-2020 season.
A ADH reported "regional" activity to the CDC for geographic spread of influenza. The predominant strain now circulating is an influenza B virus, which is particularly risky for young children. Four of the six already had health conditions, which may have made them more prone to complications from the flu.
The CDC previously said a total of 5.98 million government-funded free flu shots would be available at 4,000 contracted health care institutions around Taiwan in three phases this year.
"When you get a flu shot, you strengthen the circle of protection around people who may be vulnerable to complications from the virus", Turner said.
The vaccination can take up to two weeks before it becomes effective, which is why getting vaccinated sooner is always better.
Young also recommended that anyone with flu symptoms excuse themselves from work and social occasions to keep it from spreading. People who receive the vaccine can still get influenza, but if they do, it is usually milder.