Flu is widespread but season may be peaking — CDC

Leslie Hanson
January 13, 2018

"We have been very full in our emergency department with cases of flu and other respiratory illnesses".

"These viruses are often linked to more severe illness, especially among children and people age 65 and over", Fitzgerald said.

The flu can be very contagious.

"If you're at high risk or have symptoms such as difficulty breathing, chest pain, dizziness, confusion, persistent vomiting, can not drink fluids, or have flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever or worse cough, seek emergency medical care immediately", Dr. Christ said. Five of those who died had underlying health issues.

Avoid close contact with sick people. Even if you get the flu this year, having the shot can decrease the length and severity of your symptoms.

Dr Coyle also suggested covering your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. "That's a good rule of thumb when they're washing their hands".

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

"Flu is everywhere in the US right now", Dr Dan Jernigan, director of the influenza division at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told reporters on a conference call.

A quadrivalent recombinant influenza vaccine is new for the 2017-2018 flu season.

"This year, so far in the USA, about 85 percent of the flu strains have been Influenza A H3N2 and 15 percent Influenza B", Folk said.

Many of these patients are here because of the flu.

Outpatient visits to doctors and other medical professionals by people suffering from influenza-like illnesses were above normal baseline levels in every region of the country, the CDC reported.

Is it too late to get a flu shot? It takes two weeks for immunity to develop. There are ample supplies available throughout the state. "People at greater risk for complications from the flu should seek medical care as soon as they begin to feel ill, whether or not they have been vaccinated". The strain tends to hit younger and older people harder than others.

Making the problem worse this season is the type of flu that's spreading: H3N2. There has already been 49 outbreaks reported this season.

The entire last flu season, there were 173 cases, compared to this season, in just the first three months, there have been 130.

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