County flu hospitalizations down

County flu hospitalizations down

Flu season runs from October through May.

It's also important to remember that the flu vaccine typically helps shorten the duration and reduce the severity of your symptoms even if you do get the flu-which is another great reason to get your flu shot each year!

Lab-confirmed flu cases in the county total 2,083 through January 5, according to the county's weekly influenza report. With the flu now in its peak season, experts at Auburn University's Harrison School of Pharmacy encourage people to take advantage of the vaccine.

Perhaps as a result of that ordeal, Goodman said, "There seemed to be more demand for flu shots this year".

Flu activity in ME is characterized by the Centers for Disease Control as local and minimal but the numbers are growing.

"It's not too late in the season to get your flu shot", said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. According to national figures, almost half of all flu-related hospitalizations across Canada early in the season were among children and youth. So far 97 percent of the positive tests have been for influenza Type A, which causes more serious complications and symptoms than influenza B, Melnick said.

The predominant strain this year is influenza A H1N1, which Bankole said tends to have less severe symptoms than the predominant strain circulating last season, influenza A H3N2.

Symptoms include fever, chills, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes, sore throat, headaches, fatigue and coughing.

Shahab said this strain first appeared in 2009 and was the dominant strain three years ago.

Totals in Oklahoma so far this season are 331 hospitalizations and 13 deaths, far below last year's record.

Since December 1 last, there have been 39 confirmed cases in the Mid-West, and 26 of these detections were resident in Limerick.

Those in at-risk groups include people aged 65 and old, pregnant women and people with chronic diseases.

CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot every year.

It's not too late to get an influenza vaccination.

This year's flu season is already making its first victims across the United States and Canada, as well.

"We can calculate that if about half the people exposed to the flu couldn't get infected and pass it on because they're immune, for example, the virus wouldn't be able to spread and the epidemic would stop".

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