Now that flu season is in full swing across the country, health officials in multiple states are doing what they can to contain the sickness.
While the flu shot is the best way to protect yourself this season, there are some other precautions you can take to avoid getting sick.
“Even though it is less effective than previous years it still has an efficacy level of 10 per cent for influenza A and we do have other strains circulating so within our vaccines three or four strains are covered so you can be covered for other strains of the flu as well”, Said Dr. Waters. Officials are recommending those who haven’t received flu vaccines to do so.
Professor Andrew Easton, a leading virologist at Warwick University, told MailOnline that although there is nothing unusual about this year’s outbreak so far, the flu is unpredictable and will continue to spread over the next few weeks.
Most of the flu cases in DE have occurred in New Castle County, followed by Sussex and Kent counties.
State health officials on December 27 were prompted by the high number of cases to recommend that hospitals limit visitors and take precautions to prevent and control the spread of the flu.
Twenty-six states – including Maryland and New Jersey – are facing high activity levels of the flu, the CDC report said.
He added that both children and pregnant women are among those at higher risk due to the flu, as are people over the age of 63.
According to the Indy Star, a number of central IN hospitals have taken action to limit patient visits.
– In pediatrics, obstetrics and nursery, visitors are limited to parents and grandparents.
“If you have symptoms and are in a high risk group, or if you feel very sick or anxious about your illness, talk to your medical provider”, Dr. Christ said.
Down Under Aussie Flu has killed 300 people and affected 170,000 as carnage sweeps Australian hospitals in one of the country’s largest outbreaks. “You can also catch influenza by touching a surface or object that the virus lands on and then touching your mouth, nose, or other parts of your face”.
Common symptoms include a fever of 100 Fahrenheit, headache, fatigue, cough, muscle aches, sore throat and runny or stuffy nose.
Weekly flu information by the CDC can be found here.
Fresno County has recorded its first influenza-related death of the season.
Those 20 seconds of washing your hands are key. If a tissue isn’t available, cough or sneeze into your shoulder or your elbow.
“Also wear shoes with a good, slip-resistant grip to prevent any accidental falls and when indoors, stay warm and heat homes to at least 18 degrees Celsius”.