Maine Officials Warn Of Sharp Uptick In Flu Hospitalizations

03 January, 2018, 01:50 | Author: Tina Rodriquez
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Multiple cases have been reported locally and the Livingston County Health Department is reminding residents that it isn't too late to protect themselves from the flu.

A spokesperson for PHE told HuffPost UK: "We are now seeing a mix of flu types, including the A (H3N2) strain that circulated last winter in the UK and then in Australia".

Faulkner County is among the list of counties that have reported the majority of cases.

So far, the William Osler Health System, which runs three sites, Brampton Civic and Etobicoke General hospitals, as well as the Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness, has already had three outbreak units within its organization.

"The restrictions also include not permitting children under the age 14 in the hospital for visitation purposes or anyone who exhibits flu or cold symptoms", said Bryan Bucklew, president and CEO of GDAHA.

Doctors have described corridors overflowing with patients and ambulances being forced to queue outside A&E as the winter flu season begins to take hold.

Bennett said it's hard to say whether there will be a sudden explosion in cases - like there was last spring - or a steady stream, or if flu cases would decline this spring. "For people with really severe egg allergies, there is a completely egg-free vaccine available".

Nevertheless, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said Tuesday the vaccine can still be effective and will provide about 30 percent protection.

"It's always a little bit of guesswork", Bennett said. Lawrenchuk says the virus mutates from year to year so it's very hard to predict with 100% certainty which strain will be circulating in a community.




The vaccine may be mismatched for the prominent strains spreading this year, according to a report published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

So if you're still really ill after seven days, it's a good indication of something more serious.

Water is your friend when you have the flu.

"Avoid having unnecessary contact with other people if you or they are presenting symptoms of flu".

The vaccine was 48 percent effective in 2016-17 and 59 percent effective in 2015-16, according to the CDC.

Since influenza virus can spread easily through coughing or sneezing, it is also important that family members and people in regular with high risk individuals get an influenza vaccine, Zucker said.

'I'll leave that with the rest of the bad behind me in 2017 and take with me the many great experiences I've had this year (sic)'.

A bill approved by the Legislature over Gov. Paul LePage's veto requires that ME have at least 50 public health nurses.

People with a history of Guillain-Barre syndrome, who have experienced the illness within six weeks of a previous flu vaccine, and people who have had a severe allergic reaction to flu vaccine in the past.

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