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Flu cases on the rise in Hays County

Flu cases on the rise in Hays County

Statewide, flu is widespread and at levels nearing peak season, the California Department of Public Health said Tuesday.

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That's probably an underestimation of the true number because health care providers aren't required to report cases to the health department, and many people don't seek health care, Scherzer said.

The 2017-18 flu season in OH and nationally is looking similar to the 2014-15 flu season, which at the time was the most severe flu season in recent years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Of course, officials say it's never too late to get a flu shot. Both are indicated by coughing and a runny nose, but the flu is separated by headaches, chills, a possible fever and extreme fatigue.

"A single influenza infection can cause serious health problems", said Dr. Jeffrey Gunzenhauser, the county's interim health director.

It's been a busy time for the hospital with all of the people stopping by the emergency room with flu like symptoms. That compares to 13 at the same time previous year.




Although children are more susceptible to serious illness from H3N2 than the general population, they are also particularly vulnerable to the "B" strain, possibly due to their lack of previous exposure, she said.

"The circulation of Influenza B is not huge, it represents about 20 per cent of our cases", KFL&A Public Health's manager of infectious disease prevention, Adrienne Hansen-Taugher, said.

Additionally confounding issues, numerous healing facilities across the country are battling with a deficiency of sacks that contain liquids that convey drug to treat dried out patients, including influenza patients.

Canada's flu shot was less effective than usual this year, said the National Post.

Schneider said the rise in positive flu cases could be attributed to better reporting on the physicians' part.

Tulare County's public health report noted ways people can help prevent the spread of the flu.

Harding said the flu can be especially rough, and even fatal, on the elderly, the very young or patients with certain other medical conditions. Rodriguez explained that this can happen because the influenza virus is constantly evolving, presenting a moving target for vaccine makers.


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