Texas Hit By Worst Flu Season in Decades

15 January, 2018, 00:33 | Author: Colin Gill
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It's not the worst flu season in the past decade, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shared during a press conference Friday morning.

Three people have died from flu-related deaths this season, according to the Lake County General Health District. Levine says it's measured by which percentage of patients are at the doctors with flu like symptoms. But doctors still insist you should get the flu vaccine. This includes avoiding people who are sick, staying home when sick, cover your cough and frequently wash your hands.

The flu shot for the 2017-2018 flu season is well-matched to the viruses that are circulating around the world, but it is not very effective in preventing illnesses with the most severe types of flu.

He said very young kids and the elderly are the most vunerable. Flu seasons during which H3 viruses are prevalent are usually worse and come with more hospitalizations and deaths.

Flu hospitalizations in Pueblo spike
So you're sick, now what?

During this flu season there have already been 130 confirmed influenza cases in the Helena area, according to Lewis and Clark Public Health.

Dr. Robert Palinkas, executive director of Northwestern University Health Service, offers the following advice on how to respond to the uptick in flu cases. Flu vaccinations are still available at most healthcare providers' offices and retail pharmacies.

"There are 22.7 hospitalizations per 100,000 people", he said, "up from 13.7 last week". Flu sufferers should be free of a fever, without the use of a fever reducer, for at least 24 hours before returning to school or work.

But, he cautioned, we are right in the middle of flu season. If you start on anti-viral medications within a day or two of when your symptoms start, your risk of serious disease, hospitalization and even death can be significantly reduced. Werker noted the criticism about the effectiveness of this year's flu shot. They say it can protect you from the other strains, and it can help you if do end up getting sick.

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