February 21, 2018

Three Steps Residents Can Take to Fight the Flu

20 January 2018, 06:07 | Katie Chavez

New study suggests flu may be spread just by breathing

Flu Can Be Transmitted By Just Breathing, New Study Says

Influenza A - specifically H3N2 - is especially prevalent this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The vaccine remains the most effective way to prevent yourself from getting sick. "Prowers County has had two residents that have been hospitalized due to influenza, with numerous residents seeing local providers with flu like symptoms", stated the information provided by Prowers County Public Health and Environment.

Deaths related to the flu continued to mount across California Friday, where many areas continued seeing higher levels of illness compared to years past even as the number of cases waned in others, public health officials said Friday. Call (609) 465-1200 to make your appointment today. "If you start having flu symptoms, talk to your doctor about antiviral treatment right away". The droplets can land on surfaces or an individual, which can result in the spread of the infection. Young children, adults 65 years and older, pregnant women and people with chronic medical conditions have a higher risk for complications. According to the CDC's report collected from the first week of 2018, more than 80 percent of flu cases contained the H3N2 strain. Hospitals near or at capacity with flu patients.

Doctors said they'll tackle everything from why the flu is so bad this year to how people can protect themselves.

According to the Florida Department of Health, almost all of the outbreaks (94%) reported so far this season have been in facilities serving people at higher risk for complications due to influenza infection.

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Because the viruses mutate quickly - and because different strains can be more unsafe - a mismatch between the vaccine and the circulating strain can lead to a ramped-up flu season like the one we're experiencing. He said the efficiency of the flu shot this year is 30 percent.

New Canaan's superintendent of schools said Nico Mallozzi, a fourth grader in the district who died Sunday, "had been diagnosed with Influenza B, a strain of the flu that is now spreading in the Northeast". Symptoms can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.

A week ago, hospitals throughout much of the state were at or near capacity because of the flu. Of those who died from flu-related deaths, all 12 were over the age of 50 with 9 of those who died over the age of 65.

While washing your hands thoroughly will help, Kirkland says that the flu shot is still your best chance to avoid being sick if you haven't gotten the flu already. Stay home for at least 24 hours after fever from the flu subsides without the use of fever-reducing medications.

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