Monterey County resident dies from flu

30 December, 2017, 01:11 | Author: Keith Rowe
  • Flu season impacts hospital visitors

Antibiotics are not effective against the flu.

MINNEAPOLIS - 'Tis the season for getting sick and health officials say it's definitely making the rounds.

Each year from October to mid-May, Georgia's Department of Public Health tracks flu activity throughout the state and reports the findings in the Georgia Weekly Influenza Report.

"Patients are recovering from surgery and various illnesses, so we can not risk subjecting them to the flu and other cold viruses", said Lisa Klaustermeier, Chief Nursing Officer at Anderson Hospital.

WKYT-TV reports that Lexington-Fayette County Health Department Communications Officer Kevin Hall says all three had other health complications, but flu was the ultimate cause of their deaths. Six of those adults were 65 or older.


On Dec. 27, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a health advisory regarding the increased prevalence of Influenza A (H3N2) along with prevention and treatment recommendations.

Flu levels in New Jersey have recently reached moderate and high levels of activity, showing a jump in cases compared to this time previous year. "And the people who have had flu shots, their symptoms are much, much, much less".

"We're starting to see flu cases increase here in IL just like every state across the nation", Arnold said.

To avoid contracting the flu, public health officials recommend that people wash their hands regularly, avoid touching their eyes, nose or mouth, avoid contact with people who are sick, and get a flu shot. Also, the influenza vaccine effectiveness is generally lower against the A (H3N2) strain.

Health experts recommend that vulnerable populations especially, including children, pregnant women, older residents and people with medical complications, get vaccinated. Antivirals are known to work best when given within 48 hours, but even when taken later than that, these drugs can be helpful to people who become very ill.

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