Flu cases top 40 in county so far this season

Flu cases top 40 in county so far this season

Flu cases top 40 in county so far this season

According to the data collected, the number of reports of confirmed flu cases in the county for last week hovered right above 200 cases.

Just one week later, the number of deaths more than doubled, soaring to 2,355 deaths. According to the Department of Health, cases of influenza rose by 54 percent and new cases were diagnosed in all counties of the state over the past week.

People anxious about the flu or who think they may have it should consult their physicians.

Unlike human flu, canine influenza doesn't follow a seasonal pattern; dogs can get sick and spread the virus year-round. "In addition, influenza vaccine effectiveness (VE) in general has been lower against A (H3N2) viruses". Experts said this year's vaccine is not effective, but it's still better than not getting the flu shot.

Areport from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the vaccine can reduce the risk of the flu by 40 to 60 percent "when most circulating flu viruses are well-matched to the flu vaccine".

Doctors still suggest you should get your flu shot. They'll do that later in the season, usually post-peak season, she says.

The Department of Health announced on Tuesday that due to an increase in flu cases on the USA mainland, it is encouraging residents to wash their hands regularly, disinfect surfaces, sneeze and cough into sleeves, stay hydrated and get rest.

Reynolds says Governor Kay Ivey's State Public Health Emergency issued earlier this month helped increase awareness.

This particular strain of the flu virus (H3N2) that has infected many U.S. citizens, is known for its ability to avoid protection supplied by vaccinations.

To prevent flu, caused by the H3N3 virus, the CDC says it "continues to recommend the influenza vaccination for people 6 months and older", urges people to wash their hands and to stay home long enough to recover.

In an emergency health advisory released on December 27, 2017, the CDC warned of increased influenza activity associated with the particularly deadly flu strain A (H3N2).

If you can't make it to the clinic on January 25, you can also attend the Health Department's regular walk-in hours on Tuesdays from 1 - 3 pm, while supplies last.

"The current strain is particularly aggressive and those who are sick can be contagious for up to seven days".

Influenza-like illness reported by Kaiser Permanente (which includes providers from the North Central, Northeast, Northwest, South and South Central regions of the state) decreased from 2.69% to 2.48%.

Dr. Riley: First, the H3N2 strain of influenza A is one of the nasty ones.

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