Abril 21, 2018

Eastern Health offering flu vaccine at clinics and by appointment

13 Enero 2018, 10:56 | Martinez Canez

Hundreds have been struck down in a flu epidemic

Hundreds have been struck down in a flu epidemic

"We have been very full in our emergency department with cases of flu and other respiratory illnesses".

The flu can be very contagious.

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

"For most people who do get Aussie flu, it will be a normal flu-like illness lasting around seven days, and many people who get the flu this year will have another strain rather than this one".

Try to avoid close contact with sick people. "Even if the vaccine does not prevent you from getting the flu, it will make it less likely for you to become seriously ill or require hospitalization". That means washing your hands, using a hand sanitizer, and coughing or sneezing into a tissue or the inside of your arm.

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

Almost every state now has widespread flu activity according to the Centers For Disease Control (CDC). The week ending December 30, 2017, saw 142 confirmed flu cases, an increase of 48 percent over the previous week.

This has been a particularly nasty year because there are two dominant strains circulating: H3N2, a whopper of a virus, along with a B strain, which causes less severe sickness.

Local media outlets report Carmel Christian School in Matthews canceled classes Thursday and Friday after reports of a flu-like outbreak which has affected more than 160 students. People with mild symptoms or at lower risk from complications from influenza should stay home and rest or call their healthcare provider.

Dr. Perry Kendall, British Columbia's provincial health officer, says the national number of flu cases is slightly above average, but what's unusual is the strain people are contracting.

Roughly 270,000 people took advantage of the free flu shot, 20,000 less than a year ago. There are ample supplies available throughout the state. Walgreens surveys more than 8,100 pharmacies nationwide every week to see where prescriptions for antiviral medications to treat flu symptoms are rising. The last time Arizona saw a surge in flu cases and deaths was in 2009, when the H1N1 strain broke out, which led to the deaths of over 900 Arizonans.

In light of this, officials urge Minnesotans to get vaccinated as flu season reaches its peak over the next few weeks.

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