Published: Tue, January 23, 2018
Medical | By Jackie Banks

US flu season worsens, has "a lot more steam" than expected

US flu season worsens, has

This year's flu season has been brutal on the mainland, and is responsible for dozens of deaths. And while officials are saying it's at the height of the season, it's still months before things will get better.

Previously, there had been 36 confirmed flu cases in Livingston County as of early January, with 34 of those cases occurring in December, according to the health department. "There's lots of flu in lots of places".

Seasonal influenza - the flu - sickens and kills many Americans in a good year, and this is already a bad one.

Dog flu was first reported in the U.S.in several greyhounds in 2003.

Flu-related hospitalization rates have increased this month, as well, and a large percentage of those admitted have been children. "That hasn't happened for 13 years". Most epidemics are due to Influenza A strains.

What strains are prevalent this year? There isn't a reliable death toll yet, but California alone reports 42 deaths so far.

"We just dodged a bullet", Borenstein said. Springer said the number has been over 50 percent in Spokane County the past few weeks. "If you're sick, do not expose others".

The team got useful data from 178 flu patients who agreed to sit with their faces in the device for half an hour.

There are certain circumstances that could complicate the flu.

Ostrov is a reporter for Kaiser Health News, a nonprofit health news service that is an editorially independent part of the Kaiser Family Foundation.

"Anyone can get the flu and face serious complications, which include death", said DHD#10 Medical Director Jennifer Morse.

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"I urge all residents who have not yet had the flu shot to take advantage of this influenza vaccination program", said Mayor David Martin, who personally receives the flu shot every year. Similarly, the agency said it wouldn't be able to run most programs for preventing noncommunicable diseases.

"We stimulate the immune system for better protection", he said. "Anyone that is eligible should still get the vaccine".

In a recent development, health officials announced that the CDC's flu surveillance program would continue despite the shutdown.

The grim result is particularly timely: Australia endured its worst flu season ever in 2017, with more than 200,000 recorded cases (and over 700 deaths), and the so-called "Aussie flu" is rampaging through the UK and the United States this Northern winter.

Unlike former years, the vaccine is readily available. The number is almost double that of a year ago at this time, according to CDC data.

One way to do that is reduce exposure. More than a third of those tests show a false-negative, meaning the test says you don't have the flu, when you really do have it. That's time to stay home. Britain has been hit by a number of strains simultaneously, including the dreaded "Aussie Flu", which has increased by a massive 35% in one week, and the highly contagious Japanese flu. It's the kind used at most doctor's offices and health clinics.

Avetian posts updates of the situation on his Facebook page, "Dr. George Avetian, Delaware County Senior Medical Advisor".

Oh, and one more crucial thing: The flu shot can not actually able to give you the flu.

As much as possible, avoid people who are sick. Use warm water and soap, scrub your hands for at least 15 to 20 seconds and rinse them well. If you are sick, it's important to cover your nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing. With the flu, your doctor might prescribe antibiotics or other medications, and hospitalization may be required in more severe cases.

Call your physician if you have persistent fever, weakness, diarrhea, difficulty breathing or chest pain, persistent muscle or body aches, or if you have an underlying chronic illness like diabetes or heart disease. "When it's like 2 degrees outside, I'm not going to go outside and play basketball with my son".

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