Valley Doctor Sees Increase Patient Flu Cases

Biologist Rebecca Gillespie holds a vial of flu-fighting antibodies Dec. 19 at the Vaccine Research Center at the National Institutes of Health Tuesday in Bethesda Md. Despite 100 years of science the flu virus too often beats our best defenses because

Biologist Rebecca Gillespie holds a vial of flu-fighting antibodies Dec. 19 at the Vaccine Research Center at the National Institutes of Health Tuesday in Bethesda Md. Despite 100 years of science the flu virus too often beats our best defenses because

CT public health officials say they have seen a steep increase in the number of people hospitalized with influenza over the past five weeks.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said flu activity in the state for 2017-2018 is widespread, with the season now very similar in timing and the number of cases reported to the 2014-2015 flu season, the most severe in recent years.

Seventeen flu-related deaths is drastically higher compared to past year at this time when Manitoba health reported one death.

"Influenza is responsible for a number of deaths each year and affects the same vulnerable groups as cold weather".

The people most likely to be hospitalized for flu-related complications are those aged 65 and older, but individuals of all ages with chronic illnesses (such as diabetes and heart disease) and/or weakened immune systems are also at increased risk, as are pregnant women and young children. While it cannot be transmitted to humans, dog flu can be transmitted from them - and remain viable, or live and infectious, on surfaces for up to 48 hours, on clothes for 24 hours and on hands for 12 hours.

In addition to taking the flu vaccine, other measures can reduce or prevent the spread of influenza. This may mean you need to delay a visit or a meeting.

As of mid-January, every state-repeat: every state-reports widespread flu activity.

He said: "Certain infections are more common during the winter, particularly influenza and norovirus". It has been an early flu season that seems to be peaking now, he said, with a 5.8% increase in laboratory-confirmed cases this week over last.

Many insurance companies now have a "call a provider" service to help you with mild to moderate illnesses, please take advantage of this service before going to doctor or hospital.

Nordstrom said that it's critical the body stays hydrated to fight the flu and other potential complications.

"When people hear the vaccine isn't that effective, they assume there's no point in getting it-and that's very frustrating", she says.

"Flu is very unpredictable so it's important to get vaccinated and practice good prevention methods (good hand washing, covering your cough, staying home when you are sick, etc.)", she said. The vaccinations become effective one to two weeks after receiving the shot.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Dr. Tawney said people sometimes under-estimate how serious the flu can be.

People often cough for a period of time after recovering from the flu because of the damage it causes to lungs and airways. We've seen where one wholesaler has been out and another supplier will have it. "The flu always is potentially a fatal illness, and the more frail people are susceptible".

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