Fraser Health issues flu shot reminder after outbreaks

07 January, 2018, 01:31 | Author: Edward Snyder
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Texas is first in flu according to Walgreens, and both the Dallas County and Tarrant County health departments are tracking a steep uptick in the number of positive tests.

He said: 'We know from the PHE publications that a year ago, the effectiveness of the conventional influenza vaccines in the over-65s was not apparent.

Five days into the new year, emergency-room doctors in Knox County say they're already seeing flu cases peak - a grim sign in what's already become a deadly influenza season.

In the report, 46 states, including MI, are reporting widespread flu activity, which is up from 36 states the week before.

"In the last week, we have noticed a significant increase in influenza outbreaks across our region", said medical health officer Dr. Martin Lavoie.

He said influenza is especially risky for the elderly, who are at greater risk of developing pneumonia or other complications along with the flu - conditions that could be fatal when combined.




In an effort to prevent the spread of flu and provide care to those patients who are experiencing extreme illness and life-threatening conditions, Cottage Health is asking people to avoid coming to the emergency department unless they are suffering from serious symptoms or complications. He says people are also turned off to getting the vaccine when they hear it's only 32 percent effective.

Last year, IN had one reported flu-related death. People 65 and older accounted for most of the recent admissions - 81 of 130. "We started going up the second week in December".

Even though this year's vaccine might not be foolproof, doctors say it's still the best defense.

"Many people feel that all of the available vaccines for influenza in the United States can actually cause the flu", he said.

Some people are more vulnerable to becoming ill in the colder months, including those with long term conditions like diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Hand sanitizer is good, too, but it doesn't replace hand washing.

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