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Regional Public Health officials not sounding any alarm bells for the flu

Regional Public Health officials not sounding any alarm bells for the flu

"We offer our deepest sympathies to the individual's loved ones". This could mean two things:either the season will end earlier than usual-or it'll be a longer more severe flu season than anyone hopes or anticipates. It's much more severe than sniffles and a cough.

One child was confirmed to have died of the flu during the last week of 2017.

An "unusual" flu season that has already caused a few deaths and several hospitalizations is about to peak across Canada over the next few weeks, or even sooner, experts say.

Flu deaths are already 10 times higher than the same time previous year, the highest rate in a decade. The CDC recommends the flu shot for everyone over the age of 6 months - infants and older people should especially be inoculated, according to the agency. We're continuing to see more and more influenza activity.

The Department of Health can't say how many people have actually had the flu, because not everyone is tested. Officials said although San Diego's numbers are high, the flu is relatively worse elsewhere in the county and that Tuesday's numbers showed improvements in response. So we have what's called cross immunity so getting your vaccine every year it may prepare you for the pandemic that you don't know that's coming down the road. "It will help protect them from the flu and stop it spreading to family and friends in the wider community this winter".

What is making some medical professionals nervous is that the flu vaccine may not be as effective as hoped. Earlier reports had said Australia's flu vaccine was only 10 percent effective, but that doesn't mean US vaccines rated the same. It's a strain of influenza Type A that isn't necessarily as virulent as some other strains of flu, but it can mutate quickly, placing more of a burden on the body's ability to fight it off. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based rub.




If you do get sick, it's important to stay home for at least your first 24 hours after your fever wears off, the Mayo Clinic explains. Germs spread this way.

"Someone with influenza can spread the disease when they cough, sneeze, or talk, which creates influenza droplets that can land in the mouth or nose of someone nearby", Christ said.

Dr. Neelakanta also cleared up a common myth about the influenza virus and the vaccine.

Moving up to Nassau County at the Yulee CareSpot, the staff has seen multiple strains of the flu as well as flu-like illnesses.

He says that in most cases, a primary physician can take care of your basic flu symptoms but you should go to the hospital, "If you have more significant issues, a lot of respiratory issues".


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