CDC reports widespread flu activity in 46 states

Jan 12, 2018, 03:26
CDC reports widespread flu activity in 46 states

"One thing consistent about influenza is it's very unpredictable".

The most recent statistics that include adults were from the week that ended December 16, when 6.7 percent of deaths reported to the National Center for Health Statistics were attributed to influenza and pneumonia.

What are signs of the flu?

Cases of swine flu and the B strain have also been detected in Ireland. Symptoms of the flu will come on quickly. Vaccination is still the best protection to protect ourselves, our families, and our community from the flu.

Annual influenza vaccination is recommended for everyone 6 months of age or older. The flu toll for older folks is much, much higher. Nasal sprays are discouraged by the CDC but only for this season.

This particular vaccine has a short shelf life and parents are urged to vaccinate their two and three year olds as soon as possible. It is now available only in shot form. In Australia, the vaccine was effective in only about 10 percent of cases, according to The New England Journal of Medicine.

The agency said 614,363 vaccines have been administered in the county since the beginning of the season.

As a reminder, getting the flu shot not only protects you, but also those most vulnerable. The strain is included in this year's flu vaccine. A less common side effect includes chills.

Those who are looking to take preventive measures, Rhoades recommends one medical resource that has not seen any type of shortage and that's the flu shot.

Parents and guardians are required to give consent before their child receives the flu nasal spray vaccine in school. If your child's allergy is mild to moderate, they will likely have no problem with the shot.

Can children take antiviral medication if they get the flu?

Watt described the dwindling supply reported this weekend as "spot shortages" among pharmacies, and said they don't represent the state's supply of the drugs. The flu is a virus.

Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

The flu is spreading across New Mexico, fast. Children may pass the virus along for longer than 7 days, the CDC warns.

Anyone who experiences more severe symptoms such as trouble breathing, pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen, difficulty eating or drinking, or confusion should contact their health care provider or seek emergency care.

When do you know it's over? "People suffering with flu-like symptoms should catch coughs or sneezes in tissues and bin them immediately, wash their hands regularly with soap and warm water and frequently clean regularly used surfaces to stop the spread of flu".

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