Friday, 19 January, 2018

Two Tulare County women dead from flu-related infection

A flu shot being administered A flu shot being administered
Ben Pena | 09 January, 2018, 20:41

A map showing flu hotspots, including the potentially Aussie flu strain which has arrived in the United Kingdom, has shown Portsmouth is among the areas with the highest cases reported. The most recent statistics that include adults were from the week that ended December 16, when 6.7% of deaths reported to the National Center for Health Statistics were attributed to influenza and pneumonia.

"This year has turned out to be highest flu activity in the last four years, and we haven't even hit the peak yet", said Dr. Steven Lawrence, an infectious disease specialist at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

-The flu vaccine is about 10 percent to 25 percent effective in preventing this virus.

And it's not too late to get a flu shot. Those who were vaccinated and still get the flu are "less likely to have the complications of pneumonia, having to be hospitalized and dying", he said. However, they are different viruses and they all have slightly different impacts and variations, some affect the elderly more some effect pregnant women more, some are milder and some are stronger. He said that more than 99 percent of the facility's employees are vaccinated, which he said was the highest rate in the state. It also reported that outpatient visits to doctors with influenzalike symptoms were above normal in every region of the country. Common symptoms include fever and chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle and body aches, headaches and fatigue.

You can infect others from one day before you get sick to about five to seven days after developing symptoms.

One child was confirmed to have died of the flu during the last week of 2017. They suggest washing your hands and being mindful of those around you, along with seeking medical attention as soon as possible if you feel you are coming down with the flu. "Scottish Government ministers, clinicians and senior officials are continuing to monitor the situation closely and keep in contact with boards to fully understand and assist with the pressures they are under". Antivirals are known to work best when given within 48 hours, but even when taken later than that, these drugs can be helpful to people who become very ill.

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Because the flu is a viral infection, it's hard to treat.

Medical professionals around the state have been lobbying for the flu shot for everyone over six months of age who does not have a complicating condition, such as a prior allergic reaction to the vaccine.

The flu is widespread throughout NY.

Last season, vaccine effectiveness against circulating influenza A (H3N2) viruses was estimated to be 32% in the U.S. CDC expects that VE could be similar this season, should the same A (H3N2) viruses continue to predominate.

Flu does not respond to antibiotics and a doctor should not prescribe them, unless the patient has contracted a secondary bacterial infection.

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