Flu cases on the rise in East Tennessee and Kentucky

24 December, 2017, 00:53 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel
  • Cases of flu reported to the Pennsylvania Department of Health as of Dec

In the summer, when the air is more humid, the droplets accumulate more water and fall harmlessly to the ground.

"The number of cases at this point is high enough that we are concerned and we're certainly feeling the impact", she said.

State Epidemiologist Joshua Clayton says flu activity in South Dakota has increased in the last week.

Tulsa Health Department officials last week in a prepared statement encouraged "all individuals six months and older to get a flu vaccination". But it can be deadly, particularly for seniors and those with underlying health conditions that heighten their susceptibility to respiratory infections.

Last flu season, the virus caused 829 hospitalizations and 56 deaths.

If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities.

The same guidelines just announced were developed and temporarily implemented in previous years to address influenza outbreaks. "You can always get a flu vaccine".

Nova Scotia has the highest rate of immunization in Canada and less than half of us, about 45 per cent, get the shot.

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"We are going to see influenza through May", said Martin.

Sometimes people will have many of those symptoms and not the flu.

Leyba said anyone who is feeling ill should not come to the hospital to visit a loved one being treated there and risk infecting the patient or others. In the same year, polio re-surfaced in ten countries around the globe, prompting the World Health Organization to take emergency measures to contain the virus.

In the United States, flu season runs roughly from October through May.

Flu seasons in which H3N2 is dominant are typically more severe, Murti says. The season peaks around Christmas and New Year's.

In a normal year, the vaccine is about 35 percent effective.

Dr. David Kirschke of Tennessee's Northeast Regional Health Office sard that this year's vaccine is a good match for the strains he's seeing.

Kentucky health officials said they've also seen flu activity emerging earlier than normal and anticipates it will continue for several months.

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