IL among states with "widespread" flu activity

30 December, 2017, 01:10 | Author: Leticia Riley
  • Health officials in Boone and Cole counties confirm flu numbers are still on the rise

Laboratory-confirmed cases of contagious flu are on the rise in the United States, with 11 deaths attributed to the virus in San Diego County, Calif., alone.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported our state's first child death for the 2017-2018 flu season on Thursday.

The majority of state cases thus far have involved influenza A and do not show much variation in number compared to past year. The health department has also provided nearly 3,000 doses of the flu vaccine to clinics throughout Long Beach to distribute to their patients.

Flu season usually begins in October or November, peaks between December and February and can run into May before tapering off.

- With the flu now considered "widespread" across Minnesota, according to the state health department, hospitals are implementing visitor restrictions.

The CDC recommends people at high risk for complications from the flu be treated with neuraminidase inhibitor antiviral medications as soon as possible once they become sick.

Take time to get a flu vaccine-even if it proves to be less effective this year, some protection is better than none. CDC officials stated in reports that the most common type A strain circulating nationwide is H3N2, which has a history of causing more hospitalizations and deaths.

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The hospital said visitors can help prevent the spread of flu by washing their hands frequently, staying home if they are sick and getting a flu vaccine.

On Dec. 27, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a health advisory regarding the increased prevalence of Influenza A (H3N2) along with prevention and treatment recommendations.

"We still have a few more months ahead in this season".

While local healthcare providers have seen an increase in flu cases, "health officials believe the local flu season has not yet peaked", county officials said.

"Older adults, individuals with chronic health conditions, pregnant women, young children and infants are more vulnerable to flu illness".

Schaffner said, "No matter what the dominant strain is, there are other strains out there that produce influenza and the vaccine is often very good at protecting against those".

However, they encourage anyone with flu symptoms to stay away.

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