Providence hospitals taking precautions after uptick in flu cases

11 January, 2019, 05:39 | Author: Keith Rowe
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But the state's Department of Health says activity was increasing last month; already nine lab-confirmed flu deaths have been reported this flu season, including one in Thurston County.

The Indiana State Department of Health says flu activity is widespread across the state. That's also why public health officials are recommending the flu vaccine as a first defence.

The symptoms of flu can include fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue (tiredness).

However, overall the province has given 278,000 doses of the vaccine, up eight per cent from a year ago.

Quinton didn't receive an influenza vaccination, his father says, because the school program that was supposed to give him his flu shot didn't follow through.

During the 2018 flu season, 80,000 people died in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


"We know that viruses spread more easily during peak season for these illnesses, and that some people such as seniors and people of any age with underlying medical conditions are at higher risk for complications", said medical health officer Dr. Rakel Kling in a press release.

Past year was a record number for influenza cases with an increase in the number of severe cases for every age group and is attributed by the CDC to the low rate of vaccinations given.

As of December 29, 2018, 4.1 percent of the total clinic visits were due to influenza-like illness. The more people who are vaccinated, the less likely the virus is to spread - protecting those who are most vulnerable, including babies, older adults, and people with compromised immune systems. We still need to do more research to determine if it's actually helping prevent transmission of the flu from one person to another. This season's batch, moreover, is being touted as much more effective than last year's.

Price said the flu shot is free with most insurance. We also work with outpatient departments within the Henry Ford and University of MI health systems to figure out what the vaccine does to prevent people going to the doctor to treat their flu symptoms. Flu Near You is a website that relies on voluntary participation from the general public to help track the flu in real-time.

The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot; the shot is safe for children older than 6 months, and for pregnant women as well.

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