North Carolina In Midst Of High-Intensity Flu Season

15 Января, 2017, 00:39 | Author: Lorraine Moran
  • North Carolina In Midst Of High-Intensity Flu Season

Most experts think that flu viruses are spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. Previous year in January, only 16 cases had been confirmed by labs and the state had only three hospitalizations, all in New Castle County.

Matt Scotten, a spokesman for the Indiana State Department of Health, wouldn't disclose where the flu deaths occurred but noted in an email that they were "distributed throughout the entire state and there have been no clusters to speak of".

So far one person has died from a flu in Georgia this season.

Sarah Ciolli, a registered nurse and infection preventionist at Terre Haute Regional Hospital, said it is likely that as colder weather approaches, more cases of the viral infection will be seen.

While its symptoms are typical of the flu, they have been more severe than those experienced by patients in the 2009 "swine flu" epidemic.

But while there's been quite a few common respiratory infections reported of late, there hasn't been all that much actual flu in the area, local medical professionals said Thursday. Many schools, long term care facilities, and workplaces are seeing people become ill with Influenza, or more commonly called flu.

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As of December 31, nearly 900 Canadians had been hospitalized due to influenza and 20 had died, according to PHAC, quoting figures reported by the provinces and territories.

"Flu strains vary from year to year".

Flu symptoms include headache, fatigue, cough, muscle aches, sore throat and fever of 100.4 or higher. The nasal spray vaccine is not recommended this year because it was found to not be effective at preventing flu over the three previous flu seasons.

Flu can still strike at any time and for those who are vulnerable, it can be extremely serious - that is the message from the Island's NHS this winter. "We've declared "widespread" and someone hasn't contracted the flu, that doesn't mean they're in the clear", said White. Everyone 6 months and older are able to receive the vaccine.

The CDC Prevention Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends flu vaccine for all individuals six months of age and older. It takes a week or two to be fully protected after getting immunized. Di Eccleston, Joint Head of Occupational Health and overall lead for flu, said: "This year has been a real team effort, our Flu Team have worked tirelessly to offer vaccination at all times and locations to make the vaccine more accessible". That is down from total vaccines given past year, but Gilmore said the county will be providing vaccines for the next several months.

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