Published: Tue, February 06, 2018
Medical | By Jackie Banks

Recorded As Worst Flu Season Ever In a Decade

Recorded As Worst Flu Season Ever In a Decade

The Centers for Disease Control say the elderly and children are at the highest risk for influenza so the Eau Claire City-County Health Department recommends parents watch out for symptoms, especially if you have children in daycare.

Kinsa Inc., which makes "smart thermometer" apps that track fever spikes in real time, last week reported that Kansas had become the nation's flu epicenter, with 6.6 percent of the population displaying flu-like symptoms.

The Department of Health and Hospitals had originally planned for a single day event on January 31 at these locations. He also claims this condition, in its common state, is not as unsafe as current influenza.

Getting vaccinated and limiting exposure to the virus are other ways he listed to keep yourself healthy during the peak of flu season. But the epidemic is accelerating. Influenza B however nearly exclusively infects humans. If you are sick, seek care from your healthcare provider early. Only about 40% of people under the "young adult" denomination has gotten a shot this year. "That might be another reason that this flu season is bad because even most of the vaccinated people are at risk".

A major problem is that the vaccine this year has only been about 30 percent effective and some strains of the flu are mutating, making the vaccine less effective.

"This has been an extremely rough flu season and the entire country has been hit hard", said Lawton Davis, M.D., health director for the Coastal Health District. "Despite vaccination being a third as effective compared to prior years, and taking two weeks before it is effective, the CDPH website states it is ".

"We are still encouraging people who are eligible for the vaccine to go get it and obviously people who are in contact with the high risk populations to get the vaccine also", said Russell.

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The Louisiana Department of Health will continue to offer flu vaccines at no cost at parish health units across the state until Monday, February 12, 2018.

"What we do know is, regardless of the efficacy, it's the best protection we have against influenza and the complications", said Dr. Jennifer Russell.

The agency is also urging people who are sick to stay home from work and cover coughs and sneezes to prevent influenza from spreading.

Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue, and sometime diarrhea or vomiting.

The most frequent flu virus reported by public health laboratories was the influenza H3N2, a risky strain of flu that is resistant to flu vaccine.

Dr. Hawkinson said the flu virus is passed along through coughing, sneezing and poor hand hygiene.

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