Health officials have urged people to get vaccinated following a number of deaths in Ireland which have been linked to "Australian flu". There have been 1,182 influenza-associated hospitalizations in OH, compared to 214 cases at the same time in 2016. Moreover, most viruses separated from patient tissue samples have been related to the Yamagata lineage, not the Victoria lineage in vaccines being used this season.
Myth #6 - You can't spread the flu if you are feeling well. There have been 612 flu-related hospitalizations reported and no pediatric deaths. Carson said he's "encouraged" to see the Maine Department of Health and Human Services advertise for public health nursing positions and hopes they will be filled soon.
Is the man flu real? "Either way, we're seeing lots and lots of viruses, you know it is that time of season where all the colds and coughs and viruses are around, you're trapped in these closed environments and you're sharing all of those germs readily". The annual vaccine is created to protect against three or four flu strains a season.
However, the 199 cases which have been reported so far this year are lower than the previous five seasons' average of 281.
Deputy Kelleher explained: "Warnings about the severity of this flu virus were issued months ago, when it first surfaced in Australia, now it appears as if the strain is taking hold here". Statistically, every 100 people who get the flu will infect 127 others.
This season's flu is running rampant, reaching widespread condition in 12 states by December 9 according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).
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Kendrick said with what they're seeing - how fast it came, the momentum, the increase so early - he expects within the next few weeks will be the peak of the flu season here in the state.
Recent days are seeing a higher number of flu cases in Ward County, according to a Trinity press release. It is tracked by emergency room visits, and thermometer sales at local drug stores is also tracked to gauge illness in the region.
Mendoza recommends washing your hands frequently and thoroughly, and to stay home from work or school if you get sick.
New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker declared last week that influenza is now prevalent in the state, triggering a requirement that health care workers who have not been immunized must wear masks in areas where patients are typically present.
The policy is in place through March 2018. And while many of those infected with the flu experience the classic symptoms - fever, chills, body aches, cough and runny nose - the elderly and the very young, as well as pregnant women and people with compromised immune systems can be put at risk of serious complications, including death.
Symptoms of Aussie flu are similar to those caused by regular flu, but they are more severe. Avoid people who appear to be sick.