Friday, 18 January, 2019

Flu season underway, not too late to get your flu shot

First case of flu confirmed in the city Cerro Gordo County reporting multiple cases of the flu
Melissa Porter | 05 January, 2019, 03:59

After a slow start, influenza is beginning to take hold across the U.S. The good news is that it's unlikely to be as bad as last season, when nearly 80,000 Americans died. While the virus itself wasn't more deadly than normal, there was just markedly more of it circulating, she said. "Flu shots are available at the health department and local pharmacies".

"Flu is now beginning to circulate, and as schools reopen and people return to work we are likely to see increased levels", said HSE's Assistant National Director for Public Health Dr Kevin Kelleher. Last year, however, it also rose in January because the sharp rise in flu illnesses began in mid-November instead of early December. October through May, the division provides weekly updates and the chart shows that, for the past two flu seasons, North Carolina outpatient visits rise for people with influenza-related illnesses.

Arkansas recorded 227 deaths last flu season, which was the most on record for the past three decades.

With the news, the health unit is reminding residents it's not too late to get a flu shot.

A new form of vaccine has come in the form of a nasal spray, and has been recommended for healthy, non-pregnant persons ages 2-49. During the 2017-18 flu season, some experts estimate that the American economy suffered a loss of $21.39 billion due to the high number of patients.

However, in more severe cases symptoms can escalate leading to more serious conditions such as pneumonia.

The best way to protect yourself and those around you is to get a flu shot, and there's still plenty of time to get vaccinated, Brammer said. While the B version can make you as sick as A, it can't spread as quickly.

Destree says other tips to try to avoid getting the flu include staying home if you're sick, avoiding those who are sick, washing your hands often, covering sneezes and coughs with your elbow and throwing away used tissues immediately.

People who are elderly, young and those who already have underlying conditions are most at-risk of contractingt he highly-contagious virus.