Flu season in full swing in River Region

Jan 11, 2017, 00:12
Flu season in full swing in River Region

The CDPH report found that 34 counties now have mask policies in place in hospitals, an increase from 31 counties during the 2014-2015 flu season.

While getting the flu doesn't usually inspire dread among the otherwise healthy, the virus can have serious consequences for the frail. Last year, the flu lasted 11 weeks at that level.

It appears with all the cases happening in our state, including our region, the flu is starting to peak now.

Saskatchewan had 22 confirmed cases last flu season by December's end, in comparison to the 380 cases confirmed this season, according to information from the provincial government. This time of year is called "flu season".

"As usual, the flu can be quite unsafe for the very young, our senior population and those with chronic conditions".

"It is not too late to get the flu shot".

Dr. Scott Douglas, the Montgomery County Health Officer, said it is not true that the vaccine causes the flu.

"The flu shot is for influenza and not for gastrointestinal virus", Rice said.

Montgomery County Sanitarian Amber Reed said the flu vaccine is the best prevention tool.

"What we are seeing right now with the H3N2 that's circulating is the one that matches the one in the vaccine this year". She encourages parents and students to wash their hands frequently and to get the vaccine.

Are There Other Ways to Avoid Getting Sick? "So, if there are any folks out there who have not yet had the vaccine, now would be the time to get vaccinated because this virus is going to be out there circulating for several months and there's still time to be protected".

"I stress to people you cannot think it can't happen to you", said Gwen Zwanziger, Shannon's mother. And anyone having caught the virus should limit his activities; he sure does not want to give it to others.

Taking an antiviral like TamiFlu can help people get over the infection more quickly and can be especially helpful for those with weakened immune systems. High risk individuals are those who are 65 years or older, pregnant women, young children, and those with chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease.

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