Flu season at its worst since 2013

13 January, 2018, 05:16 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • The number of flu deaths in any year is between 80 and 120 people

"There are huge variations of when the flu activity starts and finishes and when it will peak each year", Doctor Denise Werker, deputy chief medical health officer, confirmed.

The Iowa Public Health Department says the eight were reported in the past week.

Ten people have died of flu-related deaths in San Luis Obispo County since December 10, according to Ann McDowell, an epidemiologist with the SLO County Public Health Department.

The most vulnerable are people 65 years and older, children, people with chronic illnesses like diabetes and pregnant women, but the CDC says they are seeing an increase in the data of baby boomers over the age of 55. The strain is considered especially unsafe to young children and older adults over the age of 65.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and TDH recommend a yearly flu vaccine for everyone aged six months and older. That's true not just in protecting the person vaccinated, but also in reducing the severity of the flu if you get it, and reducing the likelihood of transmission to others, particularly those at risk of dying from this strain of the flu - the elderly, infirm and the very young.

The most common flu strain identified in Kentucky, and in the 36 deaths, is Influenza A, according to the department.

"We know this is a very active year, but we don't know yet if it's a severe year", Jernigan said. And the Washington Post shared the story of Kyler Baughman, a 21-year-old fitness buff and aspiring personal trainer from Pennsylvania who thought he could push through the illness but ended up dying when the flu progressed to organ failure and septic shock.

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"We're seeing a tremendous number of patients and we have not seen it slow down yet", said Dr. John Goldman.

Flu‐like symptoms include: fever, cough, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, muscle aches, chills and fatigue.

H3N2, which is the dominant flu in both Canada and the US, is prone to mutation, which can make the vaccine against it less effective - even though it appears the virus strain was correctly predicted.

"Influenza vaccine is still available and people can still get immunized". It takes about two weeks to achieve immunity after you receive your vaccination.

Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

Frequent and thorough hand-washing with soap and warm water. Through small droplets from people who are talking, coughing or sneezing.

Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

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