Friday, 18 January, 2019

Not Too Late to Get Flu Vaccine

The flu vaccine is drawn from the vile into the needle at Crawford Kids Clinic in Aurora Colorado The flu vaccine is drawn from the vile into the needle at Crawford Kids Clinic in Aurora Colorado. Brent Lewis—Denver Post via Getty Images
Melissa Porter | 09 January, 2019, 20:23

According to the Ohio Department of Public Health, there have been about 200 hospitalizations due to flu statewide so far this season, far below the five year average.

In most cases, people should not visit the emergency room for flu symptoms but may call their doctor.

But experts still keep a careful eye on the H1N1 strain, which in 1918 infected 500 million people worldwide and killed 50 million in one of the worst disease outbreaks in recorded history.

No other details regarding the child's death have been released at this time. Among the 10 regions, the Atlanta-based region (including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee) reported the greatest rate of respiratory specimens positive for flu observed in clinical laboratories (19.5%), well above the national rate of 13.7%. Last year, we had a very high flu season compared to past years.

"We're hoping its a good sign that it will be a less severe year but there's really no way to know until the season is over".

Since the 1970s, two major Type A flu varieties have coexisted: H3N2 and H1N1.

Ottawa's hospitals and Ottawa Public Health are encouraging people who think they have the flu to stay home and rest, take plenty of liquids and ibuprofen or acetaminophen for aches and fever. So even if the vaccine is only 50 percent effective, it could essentially stop the epidemic in a community if everyone got a flu shot, Morse said.

The HSE is urging all people in at-risk groups for the flu to get vaccinated if they have not done so already. Those especially at risk are adults 65 years of age and older, children younger than 5, pregnant women, and people with certain chronic diseases such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease or other long-term medical conditions.

Vaccines are available at doctors' offices, and many pharmacies provide free and low-priced flu vaccinations to the public.

To lessen the chances of developing the flu, adults and children need to practice good hygiene measures. While the 2018-2019 flu season started back in fall, there are still a few more months before it ends.