Flu activity increasing in Ontario

30 December, 2017, 01:13 | Author: Kelly Sanders
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Mission Health is asking family members and friends of patients to limit their visits, effective Friday.

Based on numbers provided by the state health department, the flu typically peaks around the third week of February.

The IDPH recommendation is in response to state influenza activity level, which is now listed as "widespread".

Influenza s ymptoms tend to arise pretty suddenly, and can include: fever, sore throat, cough, runny nose, chills/body aches, and headaches, vomiting and diarrhea.

North Carolina officials have reported the state's first child death from flu for this season.

"There aren't very many of these studies, but they are starting to come out now that suggest it will reduce the severity of your illness and the duration of your illness even if you do get the flu".

People who do catch the flu can get rid of it faster with antiviral drugs.

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"Across SLO County, we're seeing more confirmed cases of the flu than usual, and more people are visiting the emergency room because of the flu", according to a county statement.

Across the province 3,833 cases have been confirmed, 867 people admitted to hospital and 19 deaths, according to the latest statistics released December 21.

"The biggest thing about flu and the flu season is campaigning education in communities", said Dr. Manish Trivedi, Division Director of Infectious Disease at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center.

A higher risk of complications from the flu is possible for children six to 59 months of age, pregnant women, people 65 years or older, and people with chronic health problems.

"I would not be surprised if there is flu in every county", Mirivel said.

Decatur Memorial Hospital is encouraging people to follow three steps to prevent infection: clean their hands, cover their mouth and nose and avoid close contact with others if they become sick.

Overall vaccine effectiveness against all circulating flu viruses last season was 39 percent, according to the CDC.

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