Published: Fri, December 22, 2017
Medical | By Jackie Banks

Flu Cases on Rise In State, County

Flu Cases on Rise In State, County

The flu season total is now 1,646, compared to 451 at a similar point previous year.

"Here the flu season officially begins October 1 and lasts until March 31, but we look at it all year round", Burton said.

20, Arizona has seen 2,976 reported cases of flu.

The adult flu vaccine is available at the Dallas County immunization clinic located at 2377 N. Stemmons Fwy and the children's vaccine is available at all Dallas County Health and Human Services immunization clinics. "That means for hospitals in particular, employees who have not had the flu vaccine need to start masking and doing the extra protections to protect themselves and our patients from spreading the flu". Most of the time the flu shot doesn't cost anything, but if it does, the cost is $25, York said.

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"I can come up with studies that say Vitamin D is more effective against influenza than a vaccine", said a nurse. That's the way health officials measure the severity of flu season. "In order to prevent potentially life-threatening complications among the most vulnerable members of our community, including the elderly, pregnant women and people with underlying health conditions, MCMC has chose to stand with a large part of the health care community and require staff to get the flu vaccine or wear a mask".

Meanwhile, OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington said Wednesday it was asking the public to limit visits to the hospital, especially visitors under age 18 who are known to be at "high risk for transmission of viral infections". Every November and December, things ramp up on the flu front and despite our best efforts, it is easy to catch whatever flu happens to be circulating through the population.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that everyone over the age of six months get an influenza vaccine before the holidays. Symptoms include fever, body aches, chills and a cough or sore throat. They say that's why vaccines "wear off" instead of giving lifetime immunity from the very strains people are inoculated with. Children should be taught to cover their coughs and stay home when sick, so as not to share their germs.

While you can't predict how the flu season will go, Thompson said so far this season is looking to be pretty serious.

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