Published: Fri, December 15, 2017
Medical | By Jackie Banks

Influenza now "prevalent" in New York State, state health commissioner says

Influenza now

The Oklahoma State Department of Health today reported the first influenza-associated death in Tulsa County for the 2017-2018 flu season. Manufacturing, health care, education, assisted living/memory care and hospitality are just a few of the major industries in our community and all of these business sectors have a shared resource, they all rely on employees to operate.

The agency says there have been over 1,800 confirmed cases of influenza in 54 counties and all boroughs of New York City.

And you still have time to get your flu shots.

There have also been 21 ICU admissions and 13 reported deaths related to the flu. "(Centers for Disease Control), the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American College of Nurse-Midwifes and the American Academy of Family Physicians recommend flu shots for all women who are or expect to be pregnant during the flu season".

The effectiveness of the flu shot depends on the nature of the virus, and the strains that were used to make the vaccine.

Nearly all deaths among children under five with influenza-related lower respiratory tract infections occur in developing countries, but the effects of seasonal influenza epidemics on the world's poorest are not fully known.

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"This is a result of patients seeking health care for flu-like symptoms and means an increased demand on health care resources and longer wait times", said Carly Baxter, Communications Consultant with QHC.

The regional classification is one step down from "widespread", which represents the highest level of flu activity.

The New England Journal of Medicine study is based largely on reports from Australia, which gets the flu season before this side of the world. Because while the influenza may be at best uncomfortable for some people, it is deadly for some.

Although recommendations are in place, the problem is that more often than not, underdeveloped countries are unable to produce and distribute seasonal vaccines, and many lack vaccination programs.

"What's not measured is that, even if you get the flu in spite of the vaccine, your flu case is likely to be milder; you're less likely to have the complications of pneumonia, having to be hospitalized and dying", he said. The vaccine is the same formula that was used during Australia's most recent flu season- which is similar to what the US will face.

"It's not too late to receive the vaccine", Oeding said.

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