Published: Mon, January 15, 2018
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Flu season ravages OR, filling emergency rooms and hospitals

Flu season ravages OR, filling emergency rooms and hospitals

The latest which was released Friday said flu activity continues to increase across Canada.

As of the week ending January 6, the Minnesota Department of Health reports more than 1,700 flu-related hospitalizations, 55 outbreaks of influenza-like illness in long-term care facilities, 43 outbreaks in schools and one pediatric flu death this season.

Public health officials think this year's flu season is already shaping up to be worse than last year's.

January is the month when the flu season takes its firm hold on MI, with flu symptoms hitting earlier this year than in the past three years, said Danielle Steplowski, epidemiologist for the Genesee County Health Department.

This season, the flu vaccine is most protective against an H1N1, an H3N2 and a B/Victoria lineage strain.

He said they've seen a 10 percent increase in flu-like symptoms this week compared to last week throughout the hospital system's 11 Georgia facilities.

Even if the vaccine is not as effective for the current strain of the flu, Echols said people should still get it as a precaution.

Flu season is well on its way to peaking early.

Researchers calculated region-specific estimates and age-specific mortality estimates for people younger than 65 years, people 65-74 years, and people 75 years and older.

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The Japanese flu is far more contagious, but the period of illness is the same as that of the Aussie flu, lasting for an average of around four days before symptoms appear and then five days of feeling sick.

"People should do everything they can still do to reduce the risk of infection, including getting the flu vaccine", Jernigan said.

Doctors at Bluestem Health clinic in Lincoln haven't seen much influenza yet, but they are on high alert.

If you have not gotten a flu shot yet, do not wait any longer!

Through Jan. 6, the number of flu cases in Allegheny County totaled 1,842 and Westmoreland County had 658, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health. The vaccine effectiveness against the predominant H3N2 strain has been reported in the low 30 percentile range.

Frequent and thorough hand-washing with soap and warm water.

See your doctor if: Your symptoms don't improve after a week You're anxious about your child's symptoms You're 65 or over You're pregnant You have a long-term medical condition - for example, diabetes or a heart, lung, kidney or neurological disease You have a weakened immune system - for example, because of chemotherapy or HIV When should you call 999 or go to A&E?

"Influenza like illnesses happens", she said.

Those with a fever should stay home from work or school, wash their hands frequently, consider seeking anti-viral treatments and cover their mouths with their sleeves when they sneeze or cough.

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