Texas Hit By Worst Flu Season in Decades

15 January, 2018, 00:32 | Author: Jeffery Armstrong
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"If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, it's important to see a doctor as soon as possible", said Dr. Brendan De Marco, associate director of Infection Control for CommUnityCare Health Centers.

One person has died and there has already been more than 176 confirmed cases of influenza in Marin County during the current outbreak of the disease, according to the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services.

The average age of the victims was 85, and lived across all regions of the state.

The number of cases in Saskatchewan is up 80 percent from past year, something Werker says should not worry people in the province.

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The last week of 2017 saw a sharp increase in cases of influenza in the United States, with 46 states reporting widespread flu. During that same period in 2016, there were 87 influenza-associated hospitalizations.

It's unclear whether flu season this year has peaked, so Pedersen is recommending that people who haven't been immunized get that done.

Last year, there were 10 adult flu deaths in Summit County during the entire season. "We strongly encourage people to protect themselves, particularly children 6 months and older and those people at high risk for complications related to the flu".

Goldman says he is hoping for a peak in flu cases here in the next week or two or three, but says there a couple of things for Pennsylvanians to keep in mind until that break comes. The CDC is expecting this year's vaccine to be 30% effective.

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Symptoms of the flu include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue.

- This flu season is off to an intense start.

The prominent strain in this year's flu season was H3N2.

"These viruses are often linked to more severe illness, especially among children and people age 65 and over", Fitzgerald said.

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Dr. Harkins says covering your mouth when you cough with the inner-side of your elbow and washing your hands are good ways to prevent spreading the virus.

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