Health officials: 15 deaths, 'high level' of hospitalizations reported from flu

14 January, 2018, 10:14 | Author: Sherman Richardson
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	5 dead more than 300 hospitalized in Georgia as flu spreads health officials say

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that the number of Americans hospitalized with flu per 100,000 nearly doubled from 13.7 for the week ending December 30, to 22.7 admissions per 100,000 Americans for the week ending January 6. There have already been 49 outbreaks reported this season.

Professor Paul Cosford, medical director with Publid Health England, said its data showed that more people were visiting Global Positioning System with flu symptoms and more people were being admitted to hospitals with the flu.

Patients should plan for a a visit of about 30 to 45 minutes to get the shot even with the appointment, she said, because they ask for patients to remain for a period after the shot to make sure there's no adverse reaction to it before they're released.

"We've had positive flu swabs since September and they kind of wax and wane", said Jones.

The health department takes all forms of insurance except Kaiser Permanente and does not charge a co-pay.

"It's not too late to get your flu shot". If someone feels that they might have the flu, they are encouraged to see a doctor right away.

Flu season is raging across the country, and clinics are filling up with people suffering from fevers, chills, and other symptoms.

"Really, the key is if you're sick, stay home", Zondervan said. In the United States, flu season occurs in the fall and winter.

Los Angeles County health officials this week reported 36 deaths this flu season, compared to 13 people for the same time past year.

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Experts try to predict each year which flu strains will be prevalent for the season, she said, but at times they get it wrong or the virus changes during the season.

Dr. Joseph Ladapo, an associate professor of medicine in the division of general internal medicine and health services research at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, has been spreading the word about flu prevention. Beaumont announced it would not let in kids younger than 13 due to the high volume of flu patients, except for in cases where a parent or sibling may be near death.

In some cases, healthcare providers may recommend the use of antivirals such as Tamiflu or Relenza.

Most people with the flu are able to treat themselves at home with rest, drinking plenty of fluids, and over the counter medications, health officials say, but in some, the disease can lead to complications including pneumonia, seizures, and worsening of chronic medical conditions such as diabetes and heart or lung disease. Most otherwise-healthy people who get the flu, however, do not need to be treated with antiviral drugs. It is only a temporary measure until the flu subsides.

Wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands. Alcohol based gels are the next best thing if you don't have access to soap and water.

· Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

If you're not sick yet.

On Friday, Connecticut's Department of Public Health issued an emergency public announcement.

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