Williamson County urges residents to get flu vaccine as peak season nears
Jan 25, 2018, 01:33
During periods of unusually high patient volume, hospitals in the region have pre-planned to coordinate the routing of ambulances to hospitals most capable of providing the appropriate level of care to patients in the least amount of time possible.
KILMARNOCK-Although cases of flu have been confirmed locally, health officials here do not consider it an epidemic.
The H3N2 strain is an especially nasty flu that in past flu seasons has been linked with severe disease and death, especially in the elderly and young. He believes that the six-year-old girl's death was brought on by complications of the Influenza A virus.
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With the exception of Hawaii and the District of Columbia, all US states and regions are reporting elevated levels of the flu and widespread outbreaks.
He explained that hospitals are not required by law to report flu cases unless they occur with an individual under the age of 65 who entered the ICU.
While only children's deaths are reported, this season's flu strain has been hitting senior residents hardest.
Every year, influenza kills 12,000 to 49,000 people nationwide and can send as many as 700,000 people to the hospital, according to the CDC.
The CDC describes the flu as a "contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat and sometimes lungs". For those who exhibit symptoms, the CDC recommends seeing a doctor within 48 hours to shorten the duration of the illness and reduce its severity, according to a Time article.
The county health department is still urging people to get the flu vaccine.
"Unfortunately there is still a significant portion of the population that does not get immunized, for whatever reason", said Dr. Henry Dorkin, president of the Massachusetts Medical Society. Public Health officials say along with the flu shot, there are ways to protect yourself and those around you. "There are a lot of myths that need to be laid to rest". Colorado and Larimer County have been hit hard by the flu this season, which started October 1. The flu is spread through moisture droplets, which can end up in the air or on your hands after you sneeze or talk.
"It may not give you 100-percent protection, however, it is known that if you do come down with the flu, most likely your flu symptoms will be milder, and perhaps won't last as long", said Diamond.
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