Thursday, 17 January, 2019

Flu cases increase in Lucas County

As flu outbreak numbers rise, the HSE says it's not too late to get your vaccine Flu activity begins to spike across country
Johnnie Parks | 10 January, 2019, 21:42

Lucas County now has 53 confirmed Influenza-related hospitalizations since October. That number jumped to 180 flu-related hospitalizations in January of 2018. "This year's vaccine is a good match for circulating strains and it is not too late to get the vaccine", he said. With a little commitment to these health techniques and vaccination, we can prevent and treat this public health problem.

Healthy adults can also provide what's called herd immunity for others by getting the flu shot. The youngest person diagnosed with the flu this season in ME was 3 months old and the oldest was 97.

Overall, just over 2,000 cases of the flu have been reported so far this season, which fell dramatically from more than 10,300 by this time previous year. Most of the deaths have been in the older population...65 or older. For more information on how you can get the flu vaccine at no cost, visit Flu Vaccine on the TRICARE website.

Traditionally, the H1N1 component is better at halting the spread of that strain of the virus, compared to H3N2, which has a greater propensity to genetically mutate, often in the manufacturing process. Because these two types of illnesses have similar symptoms, it can be hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone.

Despite the severity of this year's flu, Mema says those experiencing flu symptoms don't need to rush to the hospital.

Symptoms include fever, chills, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes, sore throat, headaches, fatigue and coughing. Cold symptoms are usually milder than the symptoms of flu.

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Many people also don't realize how serious the effects can be.

This question has probably been asked since the first time the flu made someone sick. "It's still low in Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and 22 of our 50 states, but that will change as the season progresses", Stephen Morse, PhD, a professor of epidemiology at the Columbia University Medical Center in NY, told Healthline. "So what we like to say, 'It's really not all about you'".

In fact, viruses that cause influenza can survive on hard surfaces like phones and keyboards for up to 48 hours.

Avoid sharing food, drinks and utensils with others.

Health officials are urging residents to get a flu vaccine, as it is the best way to protect yourself against the potentially risky virus.

Wash hands before eating or handling food. Sover your coughs; 3.

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