Health officials warn of rise in influenza, urge vaccinations

CDC - 53 Children Dead in Worst Flu in Recent Years

Can you get the flu twice in one season?

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"But it does appear that we're seeing more cases than we would in an average year at this point in Northern BC".

Both Missouri and Kansas, like every state except OR and Hawaii, have witnessed "widespread" flu activity this season - defined by the CDC as outbreaks in at least half the regions of a state.

The flu has reached its peak this month in Spokane County, as recorded from the Washington state influenza update.

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Can you tell us more about this year's strain? In fact, this year's predominant flu strain, H3N2, is one of the most severe strains of the flu virus.

A recent update by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals that at least another 16 children were killed by the winter flu in the U.S. this past week, raising the nationwide number of pediatric deaths to 53 in 2018.

"We are.hearing from some health care providers that there are spot shortages of some antivirals used to treat the flu and flu tests; however, at this time, there is no nationwide shortage of these products".

The flu is most unsafe for older adults age 65 and over, young children under the age of 5, and people with compromised immune systems.

"Pneumonia, bacterial bloodstream infections, and sepsis are examples of serious influenza-related complications that may require hospitalization and sometimes result in death of healthy people with no known risk factors for serious illness", added Department for Public Health's State Epidemiologist, Dr. Jonathan Ballard.

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In addition to the wide array of medications to combat the flu, Rapps Pharmacy offers free home delivery to its customers.

Beyond that, Hawkinson says, there are three important steps to take to reduce the chance of coming down with the flu or, if you do, spreading it to others: wash your hands; don't put your hands in your eyes, mouth or nose; and cough or sneeze into your elbow. When an infected individual coughs, they can spread viruses via respiratory droplets to people close to them and their surroundings. It takes two weeks, after receiving the vaccine, for the body to produce antibodies that provide protection against the virus, according to the CDC. The CDC keeps track of estimates of the annual flu vaccine efficacy based on similar studies.

You may experience some symptoms after getting the shot, but Gamble says if you get the flu, you probably picked it up before the immunization set in.

The more employees who come to work sick with the flu, the greater chances that the flu will spread in your workplace, causing workers to be off from work.

Symptoms of the flu include difficulty breathing, pain or pressure to the chest, sudden dizziness, confusion, persistent vomiting and a fever paired with sore throat or cough. There is significant flu activity in every USA state except for OR and Hawaii according to the CDC.

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