Health authorities stay alert against flu

Source WGCL

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Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department Administrator Howard Gamble says the flu shot is not risky, and that this article most likely is twisting factual information to match a certain narrative.

California provides weekly public health epidemic tracking through 72 enrolled " (physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants) located in all 58 California counties. Influenza Type A continues to be the most prominent with 1,920 patients.

State officials warn the virus strain this flu season, which ends in late May, can be "extremely serious, even deadly" for those in higher-risk categories, as well as generally healthy Kentuckians.

Two more Allegheny County residents have died of flu-related complications, bringing the countywide total to 11 deaths with almost two months of flu season remaining, health officials announced Monday. Overall, Children's Mercy, which operates hospitals in Kansas City and Overland Park as well as urgent care clinics and other locations in Missouri and Kansas, reports 3,041 cases this flu season. Of those, 211 cases were influenza A, 13 were influenza B and 25 were unspecified.

If you notice any symptoms, schedule a visit to the health center.

Emergency rooms are filled with people experiencing flu-like symptoms.

Last week, the number of people in hospitals with flu-like illness increased from 6.6 percent to 7.1 percent, the third highest rate of flu-related hospitalizations recorded in the last 15 years, according to CDC officials.

A major problem is that the vaccine this year has only been about 30 percent effective and some strains of the flu are mutating, making the vaccine less effective. The state Department of Health has tallied 7,332 cases since October 7, almost 3,000 more recorded infections than this time a year ago. "Despite vaccination being a third as effective compared to prior years, and taking two weeks before it is effective, the CDPH website states it is ".

The deputy commissioner spoke with patients and staff of the health center, discussing the importance of getting vaccinated and preventative measures people can take to deter the spread of the virus.

"Getting vaccinated is especially important for people who are at high risk for infection, such as students (who live and study in crowded areas), health care workers, those who smoke, those over 50 and children under 2 years of age and those with weakened immune systems", according to the site.

If you appear to have flu symptoms, you should stay at home and avoid contact with other people, except to get medical attention.

Influenza A viruses are the most harmful strain as they can cause severe disease. Those with flu may still be contagious after feeling better.

Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue, and sometime diarrhea or vomiting.

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