Flu diagnoses rise to an epidemic number

06 February, 2018, 15:14 | Author: Otis Hoffman
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Arkansas Department of Health Director Nate Smith told the Legislature's House and Senate public health committees in a joint meeting Monday that the flu season is likely to last at least 10 more weeks. By the end of the 2009 flu season, 148 pediatric cases had the same outcome.

There are currently 17 patients admitted with influenza right now.

Welch fears hundreds here could die before the flu season ebbs. But the epidemic is accelerating. A very contagious strain of influenza type A called H3N2 has been causing most of the cases of the flu in the US and is associated with more hospitalizations, and more deaths than other strains, according to the CDC.

But the good news is that it's pretty rare to catch the flu twice in a single season. Of those, 84 are Influenza A and 31 are Influenza B. The technology highlights areas of NY that see spikes in flu activity so the organization can put additional resources in areas where more patients may seek care.

Last week, the number of people in hospitals with flu-like illness increased from 6.6 percent to 7.1 percent, the third highest rate of flu-related hospitalizations recorded in the last 15 years, according to CDC officials.

The flu is a virus, and there are three different strains circulating this year.

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Health officials are reporting more than double the number of confirmed flu cases than this time past year. "Despite vaccination being a third as effective compared to prior years, and taking two weeks before it is effective, the CDPH website states it is ". It's possible that getting sick with one type of influenza A virus would offer some modest protection against another type of influenza A, but it probably wouldn't give you any protection against the influenza B virus, Schaffner said. These precautions are the best ways of avoiding the flu. While the flu is a seasonal illness, adenoviruses are not, and the only existing vaccines are available just for military recruits, meaning a greater carefulness is mandatory when presenting flu-like symptoms.

The flu vaccine is recommended by state and federal health officials not only to prevent contracting the virus but also to potentially lessen its severity.

"A second wave of flu typically occurs each year, therefore we encourage the public to get their flu shot".

To avoid getting sick, limit contact with sick people and stay home from work or school if you are ill. "The flu vaccine that you get has that strain, you know, protection in it, but not as much as it does for the H1N1, the common influenza A".

To schedule an appointment for a flu shot at the health department's February 6 clinic, call (585) 243-7290.


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