Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Flu continues spread across county

Flu continues spread across county

The impact of the flu is far and wide, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The predominant strain of the flu virus, H3N2, is one of the strains targeted in current flu vaccines.

The peak of flu season is typically in February.

Influenza is a contagious disease caused by one of a number of related viruses. The majority of the cases (136) involved people aged 65 and over. Annually, thousands of people nationwide are hospitalized or die from influenza- associated illness.

The health team reports there are 89 lab-confirmed cases of influenza but suggests this number could be greater since many sufferers don't seek medical care.

According to the online FluSurvey map, the bug has hit many places in the United Kingdom as the NHS has been battling one of the worst flu seasons in 50 years.

"So the interesting piece with 2014-15 was, we truly didn't have a vaccine".

She speculated this year's flu shot was not as effective as doctors would have liked it to be this year.

"We want to protect the visitors that come to the hospital", he said Friday. There are no vaccines to protect against it and antibiotics wouldn't do the trick either.

The rate of flu hospitalizations - the number of people hospitalized with flu per 100,000 - almost doubled last week compared with the previous week.

But flu season took Manitoba by surprise, beginning in November this year.

Flu is widespread and "really active" across the US and in Augusta, officials said Friday. For the entire 2016-17 flu season, ME had 71 flu-related deaths.

Jernigan said clinicians should still give antivirals to patients, especially young children or older adults, at the first sign of suspected flu and not wait until laboratory confirmation.

The use of Tamiflu or Oceltamivir, is climbing, according to the report, with 151 dispensed this past week, up from 108 the week before. "We've had people in their 20s needing a ventilator". The vaccine seems to very effective for the strain that's most prevalent in the state right now, A (H3). "That reduces your potential to spread the illness". "You just have some people that refuse to take it despite medical advice and you have some people who are pretty religious about taking it and on a routine basis", says Taylor.

WellStar hospitals are not restricting visitations because of the flu, spokesman Tyler Pearson said.

Claim 3: Even though flu season began in early October, you still have time to get the shot. "The good news is that the vaccine produced here can be tweaked as we watch what goes on in Australia, which gets hit with the flu before we do". "You don't expect to wake up with sniffles and two days later find yourself in a medically induced coma". This strain is included in this year's flu vaccine, but viruses can change and this particular strain tends to mutate more than other strains.

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