The Flu Nearly Reached Epidemic Levels This Season

Jan 11, 2018, 00:26
The Flu Nearly Reached Epidemic Levels This Season

In December, the Ohio Department of Health raised the level of flu activity in the state to "widespread", the highest level of concern.

And hospital patients are asked to have no more than two visitors at a time.

"If you already have the flu we'd advise people to follow the message "Catch It, Bin It, Kill It".

De Lota also attributed the spike in positive flu cases in Hays County to the overall growth in the area.

The number of flu cases is continuing to rise across Canada, suggesting the peak of infections with one of the dominant circulating strains could come within a few weeks - or even sooner, say infectious diseases experts, who describe this influenza season as "unusual".

This year's vaccine is said to be 10%-to-30% effective.

Experts warn this year's flu season could be worst than other years and with school back in session, it means its open season for the flu virus to spread. He said recent weather conditions and holiday travel could be to blame. Randy Bergen, a pediatrician who is leading Kaiser Permanente-Northern California's anti-flu effort.

The 2017-18 flu season in OH and nationally is looking similar to what was seen during 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.

The strain of the virus that has been predominant this flu season (H3N2) is more risky for the elderly and young children, Johnson said.

"We again urge the public, particularly children, the elderly and chronic disease patients, to observe strict personal, hand and environmental hygiene", a spokesman for the CHP said. Oseltamivir is available in different formulations in generic and under the trade name 'Tamiflu, ' and zanamivir is available under the tradename 'Relenza, ' " she wrote.

Schneider also said that this year happens to be the 100-year anniversary of the Spanish Flu Pandemic that killed 20 to 50 million people worldwide.

"This year doesn't look as good as years in the past", Kaminski said. He stated that the flu is unpredictable.

Furthermore, anyone with flu is advised to stay away from visiting anyone in hospital or anyone ill at home.

- Cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough, as to not expose others. Additionally, do not forget to wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your nose and mouth as much as possible, and clean and disinfect any surfaces or objects that may be contaminated. She says the December spike hit quickly, prompting the hospital to implement its' policy on employee vaccination.

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