Widespread Flu Cases Reported in 36 States — CDC

31 December, 2017, 05:08 | Author: Sherman Richardson

North Carolina's number of deaths related to the flu season increases to 11.

There were 121 new cases of the disease were confirmed this week; including nearly 20 people hospitalized and one death.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine every season.

The flu season shows no sign of slowing down with 478 confirmed cases in Central Alberta and 49 people ending up in hospital.

"While flu vaccination is still recommended for people who have not yet gotten vaccinated, antiviral drugs are an important second line of defense that can be used to treat flu illness", the USA agency added.

"That's a rare occurrence, and it prevents us from seeing those who are really sick, which is what we want to do". At present, though, over 13,000 cases have been reported throughout the entire country, which is six times as many during the same period in 2016.

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Flu shots are available at many locations, including the Vigo County Health Department. Seasons where H3N2 dominates typically result in the most complications, especially for the very young, the elderly and people with certain chronic health conditions, experts say. The other big tip if you are sick, stay home.

The health department can bill insurance, but it also can serve those without insurance as well as those who are under-insured, Keller said.

A homeless person is flu vaccinated as she registered to enter as transitional camp area for homeless people at the city's works yard in San Diego, California, U.S., October 9, 2017.

Common symptoms include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, headaches and fatigue.

Although November is the best time to get vaccinated, there is still time to get the flu shot also.

At Riverview Health, they have seen about 60 patients this week alone with the flu. Even if people who have gotten the immunization contract the flu, it can still help reduce the severity of the symptoms.


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