Flu activity begins to spike across country

Leslie Hanson
January 9, 2019

"So, I tell patients it's never too late to get your flu shot".

But experts still keep a careful eye on the H1N1 strain, which in 1918 infected 500 million people worldwide and killed 50 million in one of the worst disease outbreaks in recorded history.

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Health officials urged state residents to get flu shots and take precautions during flu seasons, including washing your hands frequently, covering any coughs and sneezes and staying home if you are sick.

This year, even before the typical peak of flu season, the CDC reports that Georgia is already experiencing high and widespread numbers of flu-like illnesses and confirmed cases.

Approximately 399,000 boxes of government-funded antiviral drugs to treat flu have been prepared and are available at 4,326 contracted healthcare facilities across the nation, Lo said, adding that so far the CDC has not detected drug resistance in flu viruses this season.


In North America, influenza-like illness (ILI) in the United States is above the national baseline, and pediatric hospitalizations in Canada picked up, mirroring the 2011-2012 flu season. "Less often, a person might get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes".

In Europe, both influenza A strains H1N1 and H3N2 were circulating in equal proportions.

The program would include activities such as providing public funds for seasonal influenza vaccines to cover individuals in the target group, and developing mechanisms for the implementation of immunization and reporting, the statement said. You can not get the flu from the flu shot, but immunity usually takes about two weeks to develop.

"While most people will get better themselves from flu, anyone who is concerned about their condition should telephone their GP or an out of hours medical service so they can arrange to be treated in a way that does not put others at risk", he explained.

The hospital also encourages the public to get their flu shots as soon as possible. "We're so used to the flu that we really underestimate it", Morse said.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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