Health Officials Say Residents Should Consider Flu Shot

03 January, 2018, 01:51 | Author: Inez Murphy
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Dr. Greg Kendrick, the chief of the medial staff and director of the Conway Regional Hospitalist program, said the amount of cases they see varies from year to year but are seeing it a little worse this year and earlier than last year.

The Conway Regional Health System has reported already seeing more than 320 positive cases of the flu through the clinics, emergency department and inpatient units the month of December with 84 percent of those cases being staring A or H3N2.

The HSE also confirmed that the number of reported cases has doubled in the past few days, with 73 people hospitalised, leading to fears that an outbreak could well reach the UK.

The H3N2 virus was blamed for one of Australia's worst ever flu outbreaks a year ago. Lawrenchuk says the virus mutates from year to year so it's very hard to predict with 100% certainty which strain will be circulating in a community.

Symptoms to look out for: fever, headache, general aches or pains, extreme exhaustion, stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat, cough or chest discomfort.

According to CDC experts, every year flu viruses mutate and sometimes that mutation is fast.

If your symptoms are definitely more in line with flu but you're not in the high risk groups, Dr. Kelleher, suggests staying at home, resting, drinking plenty of fluids and using over-the-counter remedies like paracetamol to ease symptoms.

Battle: The MMA fighter and boxer said that he had been left shaken by the illness, which has affected many people in Ireland this festive season.

"Most people with egg allergies can get the standard flu vaccine", Blum said. It appears this will be a challenging flu season and not one to be ignored.

Now Public Health England and the Irish HSE have now urged people at higher risk of flu such as the elderly, pregnant women and children with chronic illness to get vaccinated, but should we all be panicking?

"What that number doesn't tell you is if you get the flu, it may be milder and a shorter course than it would be".

When determining between cold versus flu, Kendrick said physicians have a hard time.

The flu virus has spread among hundreds of New Yorkers statewide recently, prompting health officials to require unvaccinated health care workers to wear surgical masks.

State Sen. Brownie Carson, D-Brunswick, said he's concerned that ME still doesn't have enough public health nurses on hand if a flu epidemic were to break out this season. "Those things make us concerned that we're going to have a lot of sick people". "The vaccine takes two weeks for effectiveness and the flu season started later".

The Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association announced last week that adult, short-term acute care hospitals has implemented restrictions in an effort to minimize the spread of respiratory infections to hospital patients, employees and community members.

Children younger than 6 months are too young to get a flu shot.

Symptoms can last for up to one week.


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