An additional 34 deaths were added to the tally Wednesday, including a one-year-old boy, as influenza raged throughout the region in what experts say is the fiercest battle with the rapidly-mutating virus they’ve experienced since 2009, when a pandemic filled emergency rooms from Oceanside to Chula Vista.
Meanwhile figures today show flu cases in Scotland are more than double in the same period a year ago.
In the last severe flu outbreak in 2010-11 the consultation rate rose to more than 120 per 100,000.
“Our data shows that more people are visiting Global Positioning System with flu symptoms and we are seeing more people admitted to hospitals with the flu”.
Welch said those who believe they have the flu should not go out in public.
“Hopefully it will settle down”, Spear said. “I’ve done this for 20 years and I can’t remember a year when flu season started out so aggressively”. “Normally it’s a February kind of disease”. Respiratory problems, fever and body aches are the most common symptoms.
The public health department said that, if you have not received a flu shot yet, it’s not too late. This forces ambulances to hold patients longer, and, in turn, a slowed response from Chicago Fire Department responders to new emergencies, said Larry Langford, spokesman for the Fire Department. “Thirty percent (effectiveness) is a lot better than zero”. If you’re lucky, you may have mild symptoms like a cough and a runny nose.
Brendan Flannery, an epidemiologist in the CDC’s flu division, said that “the important thing for people to know is that we think that the flu vaccine will prevent some illness that’s caused by the current circulating viruses”.
A California father is fighting for his life after ignoring flu symptoms and not getting the shot.
The announcement that the trivalent jab is ineffective comes after NHS bosses admitted the vaccine doesn’t work for people over 75.
“The B virus isn’t coped with fully in the vaccine that was administered in 2017, but last year’s virus is partially coped with in the stream that’s in the vaccine”. That total does not include screenings performed at clinics or urgent care facilities.
Besides getting the shot, physicians say frequent hand washing and sanitizing and covering coughs are basic precautions.
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Across England, 4.5million people are said to have complained of flu-like symptoms.
You can infect others from one day before you get sick to about five to seven days after developing symptoms. Although the flu season is still in early stages, the rates are running at 10 percent in Louisiana.
Most hospital visits by children under 15, for example, are not being allowed for the time being. “Scottish Government ministers, clinicians and senior officials are continuing to monitor the situation closely and keep in contact with boards to fully understand and assist with the pressures they are under”.
Flu does not respond to antibiotics and a doctor should not prescribe them, unless the patient has contracted a secondary bacterial infection.