Flu on the Rise

Leslie Hanson
January 8, 2019

As of December 29, the 12 pediatric hospitals that report flu statistics to PHAC had logged 414 flu-related hospital admissions since September, up from 195 in the fall of 2017 and 117 in the fall of 2016. As of last week, Muskingum County had twelve documented cases of the flu in patients that were hospitalized. The death rates are also low.

"We have to take it seriously", said Dr. Jenny Lu.

HSE's Assistant National Director for Public Health and Director of the Health Protection Surveillance Centre, Dr Kevin Kelleher, explains that data shows that flu levels are likely to increase over the coming weeks when flu begins to actively circulate in the community.

The CDC says that there is high flu activity in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Virginia at this point, along with New York City. "If you are young and healthy, it's still important to go get the flu vaccine".

"Generally, H1N1 seasons can be milder".

Still, this flu season is not expected to be as deadly as past year when nearly 80,000 people died.

Twenty-four states and Guam were reporting widespread influenza activity - meaning the virus has spread to many parts of the state, regardless of severity - as of December 29, the latest date included in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) weekly flu report.

If you do find yourself with a combination of these symptoms, call your doctor immediately and stay home from work and school.

Dr. Travis Stork, an ER physician, host of The Doctors and a member of PEOPLE's Health Squad, suggests getting the vaccine and focusing on preventative measures, like skipping handshakes and hugs. "During cold and flu season, it's not rude!" he said.

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