What To Know About The Flu Virus As Season Ramps Up

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the flu is now widespread in 46 states, almost four times as many compared with this time past year. "Getting vaccinated now will still offer protection from serious disease, hospitalization and death for most of the flu season".

CDC officials said 20 influenza-associated pediatric deaths have been reported this season, including two children in Florida.

The acting state health officer, Scott Harris, said hospitals in almost one-third of Alabama's counties are at 90 percent of their patient capacity, and some are full.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday released its latest flu report, and MS is one of 22 states with an increase in the number of reported flu cases. "Staying home when you are sick and practicing good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands helps stop the spread of germs and prevents respiratory illnesses like the flu".

Most flu shots cover four flu viruses - two influenza A viruses (H3N2 and H1N1) - and two B viruses.

Symptoms of the flu include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue.

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Commissioner Raul Pino said "We want to encourage everyone in CT to get vaccinated, it's very important for immune disorders, preexisting conditions, and for people 65 years and older". So if H3N2 was included in the flu shot, why is it still making people sick?

Aussie flu symptoms are similar to normal flu, but they tend to last much longer, and are more severe, according to Now Healthcare Group's Medical Director, Dr Ben Coyle.

In fact, week-by-week tracking data from the state Department of Health shows the current influenza season is tracking closely to the case numbers seen in the winter of 2014-15. "Many times patients who have influenza or other illnesses may need to receive IV fluids, but during these altered standards of care there may be some cases where medical providers decide that oral hydration or oral fluids would suffice as well", Harris explained. Anyone who has the flu should be fever-free for at least 24-hours before returning to work or school.

Jones says this week, the hospital has seen an increase in positive flu swabs.

Secondly, Goldman said in the vast majority of cases, patients can treat themselves effectively at home with rest, Tylenol or other over-the-counter mediciines, and supportive care.

"If someone is vaccinated and they encounter someone with influenza - unless the vaccine that they received isn't a ideal match - they still will have reduced symptoms as well as a potentially shortened course of the illness", Echols said.

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