Wednesday, 18 July, 2018

Skagit County reports first flu-related death this season

The number of flu deaths in any year is between 80 and 120 people The number of flu deaths in any year is between 80 and 120 people
Melissa Porter | 12 January, 2018, 09:18

Only injectable flu shots are recommended for use again this season.

The county's death total continues to rise, with 11 deaths reported this week by public health officials.

Testing by the Texas Department of Health has revealed that the most prevalent strain of flu being transmitted is an Influenza Type A (H3N2), which a related strain is contained in this year's flu vaccine formulation.

The H1N1 component of 2017-2018 flu vaccines was updated. A recent study out of Australia, which recently wrapped up its flu season, showed that a similar vaccine wasn't all that useful there.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports influenza activity has spread to 46 US states.

That's according to Dr. Denise Werker, the province's deputy chief medical health officer, who stood in for Dr. Saqib Shahab to provide reporters with an update Thursday.

Doctors haven't escaped the virus, either. Dr. Kulish says if you can't control these symptoms at home, you should take a trip to the emergency room.

"It's already three to four times the normal flu season". "If one person has (the flu) they touch a doorknob, I touch a doorknob".

Even though both hospitals are reporting weekly to the state health department, the exact number of cases in San Angelo and the county are not known.

Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, although this is more common in children than adults.

Officials made the decision to review the deaths "because this flu season is so impactful", McDowell said, and officials are trying to monitor the situation. "Parents should make sure their kids are vaccinated and keep them home from school if they have flu-like illness or symptoms". The first small number of confirmed flu cases was in mid-October, according to HISD.

"At this moment, they are coming in just as quick as they were in December when flu season hit full swing", said Eric Schneider, epidemiologist with the Hays County health department, which had seen only 30 cases of the flu at this time past year. "The flu virus can live up to 72 hours on a surface in the right environment which is a long time", said Kosak.

That myth may be one reason why Nevada ranks dead last in immunizations, leaving a lot of people including children vulnerable to the flu. "The idea is to further isolate those folks and prevent an outbreak", he said.

What are the symptoms? However, only the flu includes symptoms of fatigue, sore throats and muscle or body aches.

How does it spread?

The flu is spread with respiratory droplets, which means coughing and sneezing - or by people coughing into their hands and then touching things.