Staying healthy during flu season

11 January, 2019, 09:42 | Author: Joshua Bennett
  • The flu vaccine is drawn from the vile into the needle at Crawford Kids Clinic in Aurora Colorado

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting flu activity is widespread in the state.

Overall, there have been 1,988 lab confirmed cases since the beginning of September, as of the week ending January 5.

Providence officials say last week more than 10 percent of people coming into the emergency room at Providence St. Peter in Olympia had flu-like symptoms and almost 20 percent of flu tests came back positive. Flu shots can be given out at the Mason County Health Department, at many local pharmacies and at doctors' offices.

Around Dec. 21, the Georgia Department of Public Health reported an uptick in flu cases, especially among elderly and young patients.

According to the GCPH website, persons should check with their doctor before receiving a flu vaccine if they're allergic or sensitive to eggs or have had a severe reaction to a previous flu vaccine. Fourteen percent said they were planning to get a flu shot but had not done so yet.

Getting vaccinated is especially important in Georgia, which was the first state in the report "widespread" flu activity this season (on December 2).

FLU-v is a synthetic universal flu vaccine candidate offering long-lasting protection across a broad spectrum of influenza which could be given to a much broader population.

"H1N1 Is the dominant strain this year", Island Health spokesperson Meribeth Burton told Victoria Buzz. The majority of people who hadn't been vaccinated already, 41 percent of the total sample, said they were not planning to get the shot at all.

Saqib Shahab said if people are sick with the flu, they need to stay home.

She's the second little one to have died from flu-associated issues in Kane County over the past year.

Health officials expected the increase, as the holiday season brought people together with family and friends - and their germs!

Each year, particularly during the winter months, millions of Americans are infected with influenza.

Through the 2017-2018 flu season, roughly 80% of kids who died because of the flu had not been vaccinated.

While Mema says it's close to being the peak of the flu season, it can stick around well into March. The flu causes symptoms such as fever, cough, body aches and fatigue and in some cases can lead to serious complications and even death. Do you have a sense of how effective this year's flu vaccine will be?

"In terms of whether the flu season has peaked or not, we really don't know", Price said.

Traditionally, the H1N1 component is better at halting the spread of that strain of the virus, compared to H3N2, which has a greater propensity to genetically mutate, often in the manufacturing process.



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