Increasing cases of flu this season

Flu rampant in swaths of Texas with 2 more months to go in flu season

The Ohio Department of Health has released that just under 4,000 cases of flu related hospitalizations have been reported in Ohio since October. However, the medical community has seen an uptick in positive flu cases in Hays County since past year.

According to state data, previous year three people had died in influenza, but by the end of the February, it had taken 68 lives in California.

And if you need a little incentive, know that Nevada is listed as one of 26 states with high flu activity this season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"Flu is hard to predict", said ODH Medical Director Dr. Clint Koenig.

The CDC says you can help limit the spread of the flu by washing your hands often and disinfecting spots that are touched frequently.

"Bottom line is people should get vaccinated", he said.


An "unusual" flu season that has already caused a few deaths and several hospitalizations is about to peak across Canada over the next few weeks, or even sooner, experts say. H3N2-dominant flu seasons are associated with more severe illness, especially among children and older adults. It's true that the vaccine was only 10 per cent effective in preventing influenza A. The vaccine's effectiveness against those strains has been found to be closer to 50 to 60 percent, he said.

Byrne says wash your hands to keep from catching the flu.

However, "influenza is a very serious illness, so if you're at high risk or have symptoms such as difficulty breathing, chest pain, dizziness, confusion, persistent vomiting, can not drink fluids, or have flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever or worse cough, seek emergency medical care immediately", said Dr. Cara Christ, director of the Department of Health Services. "Get out there and get your flu shot".

Vaccination is recommended for everyone over the age of six months, and the vaccination is available at physicians' offices and local clinics, at many local pharmacies, and through the Health & Human Services Agency (HHSA) immunization program.

Individuals with flu symptoms, particularly those with risk factors such as pregnancy, diabetes, heart disease, asthma, kidney disease, and children age five and younger, should talk to their health care providers about antiviral medication.

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