Published: Fri, February 09, 2018
Medical | By Garry George

Outcome Health Announces Campaign To Raise Awareness During Severe Flu Season

Outcome Health Announces Campaign To Raise Awareness During Severe Flu Season

Nationwide, the CDC reports an additional 16 flu-related pediatric deaths as of the end of last week, bringing the total number of children killed this year by the flu to 53.

The Spokane Regional Health District has recorded 430 flu-related hospitalizations for the 2017-2018 season, higher than any past year since the district started recording the statistics in 2009. Infants and the elderly are particularly vulnerable to the flu. "So far this year, the cumulative rate of hospitalizations is the highest since we've been tracking in this way, which goes back to 2010". The only exclusions are for people who have documented severe reactions to prior vaccinations.

At Penn State Health St. Joseph, the number of flu cases has been stable, with about 15 to 20 influenza-like cases a day, said Mari Driscoll, director of infection control and prevention. Though the vaccine is less effective in preventing H3N2, it has better protection against other strains circulating, and can shorten illnesses or reduce the severity of symptoms, Schuchat said.

Get vaccinated. Even if the vaccine isn't as effective on the dominate strain this season, the vaccine should shorten illness and make symptoms less severe.

Since there are still several weeks left in flu season, anyone over 6 months of age who has not yet gotten a flu shot can do so.

25 more people have died from the flu over the last week in San Diego County, according to Health and Human Services. H2N3, aka "Hong Kong flu", is the most resistant flu virus and it can live for up to 24-48 hours on plastic and metal surfaces and can easily prone to secondary complications.

Last months, churches across ME took the unusual step of suspending traditional rituals such as sharing communion wine and shaking hands to try to prevent the spread of flu.

Avoid close contact with sick people.

The CDC recommends frequent hand washing and covering one's mouth during a cough or sneeze to help prevent the spread of the flu.

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