Thursday, 22 November, 2018

Deaths Now Blamed On Flu In Connecticut

Dr Shirley Farrugia general practitioner said this winter brought with it the highest number of flu cases she has seen in 30 years of practice Dr Shirley Farrugia general practitioner said this winter brought with it the highest number of flu cases she has seen in 30 years of practice
Ben Pena | 20 January, 2018, 18:05

People remain at risk until the end of flu season, which is in May.

Dr. Cherie Drenzek, state epidemiologist with the Georgia Department of Public Health, said it's still not too late to get your flu shot. According to Bloomberg, the recent flu outbreak is the most widespread since the CDC began collecting data more than a decade ago.

That is, he added, "everywhere".

If you have symptoms of the flu including fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny nose, muscle or body aches, headache and fatigue, McBee said you should see a doctor within 48 hours of developing those symptoms. Others who are susceptible to the illness are pregnant women and individuals with existing conditions such asthma, diabetes and HIV/AIDS. As the new year began, it was almost 7 percent of visits, according to the CDC.

The CDC reported seven children have recently died because of the flu, brining the total pediatric deaths to 20. California flu deaths spike to 74 overall, 32 in 1 weekWhile local health departments would be able to continue collecting flu samples, once those samples arrived at the CDC, they would just sit there, untested. You can find that list and more information about the flu here.

A nation-wide flu epidemic has resulted in school closures as well as visitor restrictions at several Grand Rapids Hospitals.

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MCCHD officials say, however, that this does not mean you should forgo a flu shot altogether.

In its latest report on the status of the USA flu epidemic released on Friday, the CDC said flu activity continued to increase across the country, with 32 states and Puerto Rico experiencing high activity.

Veronica Taylor, director of professional development, infection prevention and disaster preparedness for Campbell County Health, said that in December, there were 18 positive tests for influenza A and five positive tests for influenza B out of 175 tests performed. "It makes sense right now to take precautions and do what we can do to protect everyone".

In a bad season, there as many as 56,000 deaths connected to the flu. "We don't normally have dedicated flu clinics, but over the past couple of years, public health has made flu vaccine available all year around". Australia's season is often a warning of what comes later in the U.S.

"The H3N2 flu strain is what we are mainly seeing in Vermont and around the country", said Dr. Levine.

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