Kentucky Flu Activity Level Is Widespread

22 December, 2017, 01:12 | Author: Kelly Sanders
  • Flu not hitting area as hard as other counties

One flu virus circulating, influenza A (H3N2), has been more resistant to flu vaccinations, though Koening said many of those cases have been in Australia where the flu season is winding down, and not predictive of what will happen in the United States. "We're seeing an increase in our flu cases, so that is a concern".

The spike last week is within about 100 cases of the most reported in a single week for the past five flu seasons, according to city data.

"Flu activity has been accelerating over the past three weeks and more people could get sick", said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county's public health officer.

"If you need to visit your GP or the emergency department, please phone first to explain that you might have flu". If you're sick, stay home.

'Tis the season for family get-togethers and office Christmas parties-and that means lots of germs spreading around right in the middle of cold and flu season. "A study published earlier this year in a pediatric journal shows that flu vaccination can significantly reduce a child's risk of dying from influenza", Koening said.

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A preventative vaccine is especially important for the very young, the elderly or people with chronic health conditions.

Getting the shot is a proactive way to avoid a potentially harmful illness that is good for you, your loved one and the people in your care, say hospital administrators.

Consider over-the-counter medications. For example nasal decongestants can help unclog a stuffy nose; and antihistamines stop sneezing.

Burton has been in nursing since 1989; and has worked in infection prevention for the past seven and a half years. In the same year, polio re-surfaced in ten countries around the globe, prompting the World Health Organization to take emergency measures to contain the virus.

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