Flu Is Now 'Prevalent' In New York

15 December, 2017, 09:06 | Author: Tina Rodriquez
  • Flu Is Now 'Prevalent' In New York

"Pregnant women and their young infants are at high risk for serious complications from the flu", said Dr. Clint Koenig, medical director of the Ohio Department of Health. They consider findings from recent influenza respiratory mortality studies, including by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The other two states seeing high influenza volumes are MS and Louisiana.

So far this flu season, New York has had 1,820 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza in 54 counties and all five boroughs of New York City. The case rate for Georgetown County was 32 per 100,000, while Florence County had 31.

The latest data from the CDC shows Louisiana, Mississippi, and SC have some most active and most widespread flu activity in the nation.

According to a collaborative multinational study involving the CDC and published this week in the Lancet, a British journal, between 291,000 and 646,000 people worldwide die from seasonal influenza-related respiratory illnesses each year, higher than a previous estimate of 250,000 to 500,000.

Flu vaccine is available at Southcoast Health Urgent Care centers in Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Wareham and Seekonk, or ask your physician.

To fight the flu, the CDC and local health department recommends getting a flu vaccine, taking everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs and taking flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them.

The majority of people hit by the flu this season will recover; however, hundreds of thousands of others won't be as lucky.

Influenza A (H1N1), A (H3N2), and one or two influenza B viruses (depending on the vaccine) are included in each year's influenza vaccine.

The flu is already wreaking havoc on some Oklahoma communities this season.

The flu vaccine generally reduces the risk of the overall population contracting influenza by 40-60 per cent, but this year's shot isn't much help in protecting people from one of the most active, severe strains circulating: the H3N2 virus. In the event you get vaccinated and still get the flu, which is admittedly possible, the flu shot may make your illness milder, which would be greatly appreciated by anyone who has experienced influenza.

"For more information on influenza here under Disease Fact Sheets".

A nurse administers a drip to flu patients at a hospital in Beijing on December 12, 2005, as the winter malady is causing hospitals to be packed with flu patients.



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