Influenza affecting more people than normal: Northern Health

06 February, 2018, 14:59 | Author: Clint Gray
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In mid-January, about 10 percent of Wichita drivers - four times the usual number - called in sick each day, Jen Biddinger said.

Nationally, the Center for Disease Control reported 15,376 cases of Influenza A and 730 cases of Influenza B for the 2017-2018 flu season. Influenza B however nearly exclusively infects humans. During the 2016-17 flu season, Kentucky recorded 76 deaths. As a result of this, the University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton and Dr. Fredia Wadley, health officer for the Talbot County Health Department are asking the public to help prevent the spread of the virus by taking extra precautions as well urging everyone to get a flu vaccination. So far this season, flu activity has been elevated for nine weeks, meaning that the flu season may be only about halfway over, the CDC said.

There have been 11,683 laboratory confirmed influenza cases reported to the state Department of Health, and 2,221 residents hospitalized due to flu.

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"We continue to recommend the flu vaccine, even though we know most flu vaccines have low effectiveness against H3N2 viruses", said.

A recent update by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals that at least another 16 children were killed by the winter flu in the United States this past week, raising the nationwide number of pediatric deaths to 53 in 2018.

The effort is sponsored by the Louisiana Department of Health which is offering free flu shots at 55 parish health units across the state Wednesday. Strain B is also much harder to vaccinate as it mutates about two to three times more slowly than strain A.

In other parts of the province, this year's influenza is proving to be particularly brutal.

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It looks like Groundhog Day for the nation's flu report, too: It's gotten worse and there are weeks of suffering ahead. "We actually still have a little bit but places where people normally get their flu shots are out at this point". Individuals who develop flu symptoms should seek medical advice to determine if they should be treated with an antiviral drug, which could shorten the course of the illness or reduce its severity. These prescription medications are different than antibiotics, which treat bacterial infections and don't work against the flu virus.

The London-region is not alone. With those numbers expected to increase health officials in north Georgia are stepping up flu prevention efforts.

A flu shot is especially crucial for people who may be at higher risk for serious complications.

While experts believe the flu virus is mostly spread from person to person through droplets in the air, it is also possible to get the flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching your mouth or nose.

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