More than 500 lab-confirmed cases of the flu have been reported in Oswego County this year.
At highest risk for the flu, the elderly, people with compromised immune systems and children. That's the highest level since the swine flu pandemic in 2009.
There's an extensive variety of symptoms influenza-diagnosed people can present; they go from mild to severe.
Flu is a contagious respiratory illness with symptoms such as fever, chills, aches, cough and sore throat. Children can pass the virus for longer than seven days. People experiencing flu-like symptoms should call their health care provider if they have severe symptoms, trouble breathing, are pregnant, or have chronic health conditions such as lung or heart disease or diabetes. This year the flu has affected people in the continental United States and Puerto Rico.
Most healthy adults who do get the flu will recover at home with plenty of rest and fluids, said Dr. Eric Ernest, an emergency room physician with Nebraska Medicine.
Sen. Missy Irvin, R-Mountain View, who is the marketing director for her husband's medical practice, said some Medicaid enrollees have had trouble getting the program to pay for more than one prescription for antiviral medication. "So the numbers of influenza diagnosed may be artificially low", Ferris said.
A small Canadian study released last week indicated that the current vaccine was only 17 percent effective against H3N2.
Experts say it's not too late to get the flu vaccine, and that it's the best defense against the virus.
This miracle vaccine is also expected to be available within years, maybe less than a decade.
Sue Dubb, a public health nurse with Uncas Health District, said people have been reporting pharmacies and doctors' offices running out of the vaccines.
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