Flu cases on the rise in Central Florida

Phillip Cunningham
January 13, 2018

The Department offers flu vaccinations while supplies last for people without insurance or who are otherwise not able to get vaccinated.

Watt said California's flu season started in early November, about a month earlier than it normally kicks in. The proportion of people seeing their health care provider for influenza-like illness increased from 4.9 to 5.8 percent.

It has been dubbed Aussie flu as it is the same strain that caused big problems for Australia during its winter season, leading to its worst flu season for almost a decade.

It is advised that people with higher risk of complications, such as those with heart and lung conditions, should seek medical help if they develop flu-like symptoms. They said about 100 people under age 65 die in a standard season and up to 300 have died during severe seasons.

But Hawaii health officials recommended that everyone 6 months or older get a flu shot as soon as possible to protect against influenza. Second, don't go to work sick.

This year's flu season was expected to be bad, after an unusually hard flu season in the Southern Hemisphere.

"If you have not been diagnosed with the flu, it is still OK to get the flu shot today", Hensley said.

Though McLeod Loris Seacoast has not officially restricted visitors from the hospital, it asks anyone with any symptoms or signs of illness to stay away. "Most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February and can last as late as May".

Accept it or not, the sounds of coughing and sneezing has become the unofficial soundtrack of the season. Use a tissue to cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough and always throw the used tissue in the trash. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

It's that time of year again; the holidays are past, its heckin' cold out, and the ravages of a new mutated super-flu are making the rounds on the news. Antiviral drugs may be prescribed to treat the flu. That information, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, doesn't come until later in the season, Person said. For a list of public health offices in New Mexico, visit https://nmhealth.org/. Influenza frequently leads to pneumonia that can be prevented by the pneumococcal vaccine.

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