More than 30 states experience severe flu activity

25 January, 2018, 01:57 | Author: Keith Rowe
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One of the reasons this year's season is so severe is because of the H3N2 strain.

"It is hard to know how many people have influenza in a community because many people recover from influenza at home without visiting a healthcare provider, many people who go to a healthcare provider do not have laboratory testing conducted and not all cases of influenza are reported to public health authorities", said Dr. Williams. Flu vaccines continue to be available at many pharmacies and grocery stores, and through primary care physicians and some specialists.

A spokeswoman with the state health department says they do not believe this year's strain of the virus is any more aggressive or contagious than others from years past.

That's right - it's possible to get flu A, recover and then turn around and get flu B. Technically, a person could get two different strains of one type of flu, though Jones said that's unlikely.

Graves Gilbert Clinic is offering flu vaccines for free with insurance or for $45 without insurance, according to a joint email sent from Juliana Pace, practice manager at Graves Gilbert, and Steve Rey, director of intramural recreational sports. While just a third of them (33%) have their flu shots, almost one in five (18%) say they plan on getting the vaccine at some point. "A vaccine that is going to protect you against essentially all, or most strains of flu".

Influenza is now widespread in every USA state except Hawaii.


"We've had such an overwhelming number of patients that we felt that a separate room would help us with our patient flow", Dr. Ken Moore said.

So far in this season overall, 5,267 people have been hospitalized in NY state with confirmed flu, compared with 3,533 for the 2016-17 season. Colorado and Larimer County have been hit hard by the flu this season, which started October 1.

Officials with the Maryland Department of Health say you still have time to get the flu shot.

Previously, an 83-year-old woman and a 47-year-old man, both of New Castle County and both also with underlying health conditions, died from complications related to the flu. "Even with that possibility, it's still the best protection and often, if someone who gets the shot comes down with the flu, their severity and the duration are usually less".

The CDC says getting vaccinated is the most important step to avoiding the flu, and everyone older than 6 months should get the shot. Symptoms can include fever and chills, headache and body aches, sore throat, fatigue and congestion/cough. Well, if you take them to the dog park, doggy day care and even the groomer, the answer is yes.

"There's still plenty of time to get vaccinated", he said.

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