Published: Fri, January 19, 2018
Health Care | By Gwendolyn Kim

Doctors say it's not too late to get vaccine amid flu epidemic

Doctors say it's not too late to get vaccine amid flu epidemic

"Those with active influenza are encouraged to forego attending school or work to reduce the spread of the disease". Some skilled nursing facilities also have followed suit and restricted visitation.

The visitation restriction is a precautionary measure the county uses nearly every year.

Thursday's numbers included cases reported from August 28 to January 13. "Right now the flu is widespread in Nebraska and across the United States".

There have been upwards of 6,300 confirmed cases of flu so far this season in Alberta. All four of those patients were 65 or older. "This year's flu strains were not the expected strains so that's the reason for the reduction in the efficacy". "We continue to urge El Paso residents to be vaccinated and to do everything they can to prevent the flu as the season continues and as the number of cases increases exponentially".

According to Fryman, this year's flu season got started a little later than normal. Officials in Westchester say their numbers are about the same. As of December 2016, Rock County has seen more than 50 cases of influenza hospitalizations.

Influenza A viruses have been the most common flu viruses circulating this season, according to the CDC.

Some of the symptoms of influenza include fever, cough, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, headache, muscle aches, and extreme fatigue.

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"The flu shot doesn't cover the main strain of flu out there", Fryman said. Whether you're in a high-risk category or not, key warning signs that you should go to the ER are fever that climbs to 103° F or higher, or trouble breathing while at rest or with slight exertion, says Marvin M. Lipman, M.D., Consumer Reports' chief medical adviser. "And you can also do basic things to prevent getting sick. Stay at home if you have the flu or flu-like symptoms to avoid contact with others".

Harrie said though some may think it's too late to get the vaccine, she said it can take two weeks to become effective.

For everyone else, experts says that most people with the flu get better on their own and don't need medical attention. "When people say that they've received a flu shot and gotten the flu from it, that's a myth".

Do not cough or sneeze into your hands.

This year's flu strain, H3N2, has proven to be especially challenging for health care professionals.

"These personal losses are a reminder for all of us that flu can be a serious illness for young and old alike", Howard said.

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