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14 Enero 2018, 12:42 | Martinez Canez
Newfoundland and Labrador has seen a slight increase in its flu vaccination rate over last year
Most of the people who are hospitalized for the flu are over the age of 65.
"In most years, a flu season lasts anywhere from six weeks to eight weeks to 10 weeks in any particular place, so we're not yet at peak, but we're hearing from hospitals across the state that many are full". Flu vaccinations are still available at most healthcare providers' offices and retail pharmacies.
But Dr. Trini Matthew, who is the medical director of Beaumont's Epidemiology Department, says it's still your best weapon in fighting the flu.
On January 2, 2018, Dallas County health officials reported a sixth death from the flu.
Health officials in Dallas County are still recommending the flu shot for everyone over 6 months old.
Jernigan said clinicians should still give antivirals to patients, especially young children or older adults, at the first sign of suspected flu and not wait until laboratory confirmation.
H3N2 is one of the strains contained in this year's flu vaccine along with two or three others, depending on the vaccine.
Health Minister John Haggie says Newfoundland and Labrador has had 16 lab-confirmed cases of the flu so far this season
So far, influenza A viruses have been the type most commonly identified. The deaths this season are also higher compared to the 2014-2015 season, where there were 16 deaths up until this point in the flu season.
Commissioner Raul Pino said "We want to encourage everyone in CT to get vaccinated, it's very important for immune disorders, preexisting conditions, and for people 65 years and older".
Eleven people have died from the flu in Travis County this season, according to updated numbers released Thursday.
The seasonal flu vaccine usually protects against three or four strains of the flu, which are chosen based on predictions for what will circulate in the United States that year. This should include avoiding going to work, school and other public places while ill, and limiting visits to people in nursing homes or hospitals. The onset of symptoms is sudden and people should stay home until at least 24 hours after their fever is gone except to get medical care.
Most flu shots cover four flu viruses - two influenza A viruses - H3N2 and H1N1 - and two B viruses.
"We have seen an uptick in patients, specifically pediatric patients", he said. In the same time frame previous year, Callaway County had 37 confirmed cases of influenza A.
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