Surge in flu cases in Longford as winter sets in

12 January, 2018, 03:27 | Author: Earnest Huff
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"Anyone, even healthy people, can get the flu and serious problems related to the flu can happen at any age".

According to CDC data, the number of hospitalizations for flu-like illness have doubled over the past two weeks, and are 35 percent higher than they were at the same time a year ago.

Meanwhile, 1600 cases of Aussie flu have been reported in the United Kingdom so far with 17 people having to be admitted to intensive care.

The flu vaccine changes from year to year to try to protect the general public against what doctors suspect will be the predominant flu strains of the season.

Flu is widespread in 46 nations, including California, according to the newest reports to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At least 46 states are seeing widespread flu activity, and there have been five deaths so far in CT.

Much of the country is grappling with what could be a worse-than-usual flu season, state health officials said.

Last year's numbers might also have appeared higher for another reason, she said.

Why is this important, besides dealing with the obvious unpleasantness of fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue? Earlier reports had said Australia's flu vaccine was only 10 percent effective, but that doesn't mean USA vaccines rated the same.

Flu shots are recommended for everyone 6 months of age or older.

Health officials also recommend people follow good personal hygiene habits to prevent spreading germs to others.

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Wash your hands often with soap and water.

The CDC said that as of December 30, 2017, the flu was widespread in 46 states.

"The individual had a medical condition that put them at risk for severe illness", said Dr. Bela Matyas, Solano County Health Officer and Health and Social Services Deputy Director, in a prepared release.

I think there is a misperception that influenza isn't a severe illness and it certainly is, absolutely, among young children, older adults, people with chronic medical conditions, pregnant women.

According to Meltzer, it's never too late to get the flu shot. "It's actually more effective for the other parts of the vaccine that are trying to prevent the other flus circulating".

"Stay home if you're sick", said Dr. McGee.

Although most people who get the flu recover in a few days to two weeks, some develop complications like pneumonia which can be life-threatening, the CDC says.

If you get the flu, antiviral drugs may be a treatment option.

Venessa Vidovich, supervising public health nurse for Shasta County, said her department tracks the spread of the illness through voluntary sentinel providers.

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