Health officials warn of rise in influenza, urge vaccinations

06 February, 2018, 15:04 | Author: Jeffery Armstrong
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"The H3N2 is the freight train I was telling you about", he said.

The CDC expects the 2017-2018 flu epidemic to be the most deadly since the 2009-2010 that killed 284,000 people worldwide and 657 Californians.

"My head felt like warm soup", Upchurch said, referring to his fever.

"It's worse for younger children or those with any underlying problems - asthma, heart problems, diabetes", she said.

Due to the high level of influenza cases in the region and statewide, the University of Maryland Shore Regional Health is implementing a revised visitor policy to protect the health and safety of patients, staff, visitors and the community during flu season.

"That's really going to help to prevent the spread of influenza and other respiratory diseases that are circulating right now", Martin said. There have been almost 200 lab-confirmed cases of influenza as of February 2, the most since 2009. "We especially recommend that all healthy Kentuckians aged six months and older be vaccinated", Dr. Jonathan Ballard, the Department for Public Health's state epidemiologist, wrote in a release.

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According to the CDC, 53 children have died from the virus so far, this season.

The heavy flu season has also put a strain in places on some medical supplies, including IV bags, and flu medicine. Since September, 335 lab-confirmed hospitalizations have occurred in that area.

Doctors rs say many times a diagnosis can be made over the phone and a Flu test isn't always necessary.

Health officials are unsure how effective the vaccine will be against the three flu strains: H3N2, H1N1, and the B virus are the most prevalent.

Russell said it's not unusual for the efficacy of the vaccine to vary year to year. The difference between colds and flu is that colds are generally milder.

However, officials recommend avoiding the nasal spray vaccine, as they are concerned about its effectiveness.

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Jernigan reported that in the week of January 12 there had been 22.7 hospitalizations per 100,000 people.

He says there is also no way to prove the shot caused a death.

"It is definitely important to get your flu vaccine every year, just because for the simple fact of, for one, the bad complications of the flu if you should get it". "This season is on that more severe side". Do you know someone else we should interview for this story?

Hospitalizations have been most common among adults over 65 and also in adults ranging from 50-60.

A person infected with flu likely exhales the virus through the mouth and nose in the form of aerosol particles which remain suspended in the air for several hours, increasing the risk of flu transmission to another person.

Doctors suggest seeing a physician if you start having any of the flu symptoms including: headaches, body aches and/or fever.

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