Health officials to give update on Louisiana Flu cases

Feb 6, 2018
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There were 76 deaths recorded in Kentucky last flu season.

“Overall, it’s starting to slow down but we are still seeing a lot of active flu cases”, Shandler says, adding there’s been an uptick in influenza B cases even as influenza A cases have ticked downward.

When asked what the best way to avoid catching the flu is, Dr.

Area hospitals are continuing to see high numbers of influenza patients, suggesting that the flu season has yet to peak.

■ Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

She said even though it takes 10 to 14 days to build immunity after getting the vaccine, people getting the flu shot now will have protection for the last few weeks of the flu season.

WAAY 31 wanted to take a look at the different strains of the virus and how they could affect you at home.

This year’s strain, H3N2, seems to be particularly hard-hitting.

It has proven a challenge to the vaccine.

Unfortunately, no. Experts say it is possible to catch the flu twice in one season.

“When flu season started, I conducted several trainings during faculty meetings regarding flu prevention”. In a typical flu season, the system reports about five percent of people seeking care at doctor’s offices, clinic and hospitals have flu-like symptoms. The CDC keeps track of estimates of the annual flu vaccine efficacy based on similar studies.

According to the CDC, for the week ending January 27, the proportion of people seeing their health care provider for influenza-like illness was 7.1 percent, which is above the national baseline of 2.2 percent and is the highest ILI percentage recorded since the 2009 pandemic.

“Despite recent leadership changes, CDC remains committed to our 24-7 mission to protect the health, safety and security of Americans”, said acting CDC Director.

Health departments in Bryan, Chatham, Effingham, Liberty and McIntosh counties will also be offering free flu shots from 8 a.m.to 3 p.m. Friday.

“I wash my hands at every chance I get!”, says Ryan McCann, senior at Wake Tech Community College.

While medical professionals tout washing hands frequently and covering mouths when coughing, Hawkinson said they also recommend people get the vaccine as well, despite uncertainty about its effectiveness.

“Pneumonia, bacterial bloodstream infections, and sepsis are examples of serious influenza-related complications that may require hospitalization and sometimes result in death of healthy people with no known risk factors for serious illness”, added Department for Public Health’s State Epidemiologist, Dr. Jonathan Ballard. Pharmacies are also running out of flu medicines. The difference between colds and flu is that colds are generally milder.

Remember flu symptoms: cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.

Source WLBT

 

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