Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Medicine | By Melba Vasquez

The CDC says this year's flu may reach 'epidemic' proportions

The CDC says this year's flu may reach 'epidemic' proportions

The very young, older people and those with underlying health conditions are especially susceptible to the flu.

The number of North Carolina flu deaths has more than doubled this season compared with the same period previous year, according to state statistics.

Addressing concerns about a shortage of flu vaccine and antiviral medications reported this weekend throughout California, state health officials said they have worked with drug manufacturers to ensure they have enough pharmaceuticals for the state. "Flu activity is increasing throughout our area".

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are reporting widespread flu activity in 46 states.The most recent report in Florida shows six outbreaks, three in Duval County.

The flu heatmap shows the amount of influenza like illness (ILI) reported around the United Kingdom right now, showing a gradient from no reported ILI (blue) to very high ILI (red).

Individuals in the high-risk group that experience symptoms of flu, should contact their health care provider early in the illness. There were some questions early in the flu season about the effectiveness of this year's version of the flu vaccine. The start of this season is at levels usually seen at the flu season's peak, with significantly higher office visits and hospitalizations for flu-like symptoms, they said.

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Health officials also recommend people follow good personal hygiene habits to prevent spreading germs to others.

"Each year these viruses can undergo changes that impacts how well these vaccinations work", said Chavez.

To stop the spread of flu viruses, the agency encourages people to wash their hands frequently, cover their mouths when coughing or sneezing, and stay at home when feeling sick.

Officials said Tuesday they are seeing improvements, such as the number of people with influenza symptoms in emergency rooms.

Aussie flu symptoms are similar to those of "normal" flu - sudden fever, aches, exhaustion, a dry chesty cough, headache, sore throat, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting and trouble sleeping - but more severe, meaning that rather than recovery after a week or so, the time taken to get back to normal will be greater.

Solano County Health and Social Services will provide free influenza vaccines from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. January 27 at the Kroc Center at 586 E. Wigeon Way, Suisun City.

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Moving up to Nassau County at the Yulee CareSpot, the staff has seen multiple strains of the flu as well as flu-like illnesses.

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A toddler receiving the 2015/2016 seasonal influenza (flu) vaccine.

"The percentage is alarming because it means that nearly two-thirds of pregnant women are potentially not protected", said Dr. Tracy Foo, DHEC's Immunization and Acute Disease Epidemiology Division.

Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

Although most people who get the flu recover in a few days to two weeks, some develop complications like pneumonia which can be life-threatening, the CDC says.

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