dglobalnews.com Reported flu cases up by about 2000 across Pa.
Published: Fri, January 06, 2017
Medical | By Benjamin Edwards

Reported flu cases up by about 2000 across Pa.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates more than 200,000 Americans are hospitalized each year with flu-related complications.

People at high risk of complications from the flu include children younger than 5 years old, adults over 65 years old, pregnant women and those with medical conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes or a weakened immune system.

The flu season should last about another 2 months, and health experts say it's not too late to get a flu shot.

The flu season officially began October 2, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, and usually runs through April or May.

Those at risk can get the flu vaccine from their local GP or pharmacist. It's why they're urging people to get vaccinated because it may be the only line of defense you have.

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The health unit says the Middlesex-London area had 39 cases of laboratory-confirmed influenza A between December 25th and 31st with 19 people requiring hospitalization. "Now that flu is officially prevalent in NY, we need to step up our defenses against this potentially life threatening illness", Dr. Zucker said.

After getting the shot it takes approximately two weeks to become fully protected, Bergner said. There are also flu vaccines made to protect against an additional B virus.

"Even if you have had the vaccine, and you develop symptoms, contact your GP immediately as they may prescribe antiviral medication, which can help keep you out of hospital". Throne told KING5 in Seattle that hospitals are not required to report the number of people with the flu, so officials don't know the exact number of flu cases in the state. Flu viruses tend to cause coughing, sneezing, body aches and fevers.

People should cough or sneeze into their arm, shoulder, or tissue (not hands) to reduce the spread of germs that can be passed from hands touching surfaces or people. The flu virus that time was H3N2, and vaccine effectiveness rate was at an all time low. He said it is possible, but only for a short while and that the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers is an excellent way to prevent transmission and provides sterilization for up to two hours.

This comes after a meeting was held last night (January 4) of the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET), chaired by the Department of Health Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan.

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