Flu season worst it's been in years

Flu season worst it's been in years

Flu season worst it's been in years

In addition to the vaccine, people should take every day preventive actions such as washing their hands often, staying home if they are sick with the flu and coughing in their sleeve as opposed to their hands.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), children under 5 are at a very high risk for developing serious complications due to the flu, while children under 2 are at the highest risk. According to the CDC, full-blown flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.

For the week ending January 6, the average rate of emergency room visits from people who reported flu-like symptoms was 5.8 percent among health care providers across the state, up from 1.9 percent during the same week a year ago, according to the Indiana State Department of Health. Area health care providers are encouraging anyone who hasn't received a flu shot to get one because of a spike in flu cases. "This is not an uncommon infection".

A year ago in the first week of January, GHS had 390 positive tests with 13 admissions.

Officials at the Department of Public Health and Environment is not releasing the child's age or where they are from, but says the child was younger than 18 months and was old enough to be vaccinated, but was not.

Enter your zip code at www.cdc.gov/flu to find a location near you that is offering flu shots.

When a flu outbreak happens, the virus that gets people sick in Alabama may not be the same strain in Washington.

In L.A. County alone, "even a 30 percent effectiveness rate can prevent hundreds if not thousands of hospitalizations, and really save lives", said the county's interim health officer Dr. Jeffrey Gunzenhauser. Appointments must be made to receive flu vaccine, and are now being scheduled at the clinic.

Over 151 million doses of flu vaccine have been shipped nationwide, Fitzgerald said. People who become severely ill with flu-like symptoms should seek medical care.

A group of the nation's top flu experts is issuing a new warning about this unsafe flu season. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death.

Health experts aren't sure why this season is different.

Ly said after educating patients about the vaccine, they probably get about 75 percent of patients who initially declined to change their mind.

There are other things people can do to help prevent the spread of flu that SHD recommends.

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