Published: Mon, January 15, 2018
Health Care | By Alice Shelton

Cold and Flu Cases Flood Oklahoma Hospitals

Cold and Flu Cases Flood Oklahoma Hospitals

There were some concerns expressed this flu season with how the province would be offering the annual flu shot - but the numbers show an increase in uptake.

"Still get the flu shot", Beach said, "even though the match is not as high as it is some years with the vaccine, if you've had the flu shot and the antigen is close, you can still develop some antibodies that help you to prevent the flu or have less symptoms".

He says the average age of death of the other 34 people who died as a result of flu was 75. Visitors are limited to those determined to be "immediate family" or "significantly participating in the support of the hospitalized patient", free of influenza-like symptoms and aged 18 or above.

Dr. Nancy Williams, health officer for El Dorado County Public Health, said there has been an increase in El Dorado County of reported cases of influenza.

There have been 15 flu-related deaths in individuals 65 years old and older so far in CT.

The Public Health Department released its latest figures on influenza Thursday, reporting that as of January 6, a total of 1,015 people came down with the seasonal infectious respiratory ailment, and 456 needed to be hospitalized.

He warned the province could see still see an increase in the number of people coming down with the flu. The state may be four to six weeks away from seeing a peak.

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These numbers only represent those cases that have been reported to Public Health and Human Services as laboratory confirmed cases, so the exact number of cases is unknown.

The total number of flu cases in the state at the end of previous year was at 71,469. Day said Friday the most recent total he had for influenza cases in Kentucky ran through December 30, when 1,411 cases were confirmed.

The influenza activity level in Kentucky is reported as "widespread" for the third consecutive week, according to the Kentucky Department for Public Health.

Flu vaccines have multiple different strains of the flu in them. "Flu vaccination is especially important for people who are at greater risk for complications from flu and those who live with or care for these individuals". "Getting the flu shot is still the best way to protect yourself and others from flu".

"It's never too late to get a flu shot", Williams said. Researchers use a surveillance site and reference labs to collect information about which strains are expected to circulate in the coming flu season each year. Washing hands frequently and covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze is also advisable.

"There are lots of people that get respiratory illness and only a fraction go into the doctor to get treatment", Williams said.

The most widely circulating flu strain, Type A, subtype H3N2, is this year's most unsafe.

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