Flu jabs are available from Global Positioning System and some pharmacies in Wales. In the last week of December, 39 cases of laby-confirmed influenza A were reported to the Health Unit, of whom 19 were hospitalized. Kightlinger says the state has seen 88 cases of influenza this season.
Kanelos reiterated January is the worst month for the flu, but they are expecting more cases into February.
The patients being seen at Clio’s AMD Urgent Care didn’t get their flu shot. “This year it’s more typical”.
Of these lab-confirmed cases, 82 are influenza A and only 12 are influenza B.
Shahab noted: “Especially with H3N2, hospitalizations and deaths are under reported – especially for seniors”. Few of them are highly unsafe for our health and also results in death.
The flu vaccine is recommended for anyone 6 months or older to reduce the chances of getting the flu.
“I guess people are busy or they underestimate the risk of influenza”, Shahab said Thursday.
Creating efficacious remedies for the flu is no easy task, as it’s the only vaccine-preventable disease that continuously adapts. The vaccine takes about two weeks to be fully effective. Last year Kentucky’s flu season peak didn’t hit until March, that’s why the push is on to try and get more people the vaccine.
Those with underlying health conditions or young children with worsening symptoms – such as shortness of breath – should seek medical care.
General of influenza virus that it has are influenza A and Influenza C. Influenza C is rare, whereas Influenza A which is also known as swine influenza with subtypes H1N1, H1N2, H3N2, and H7N9, is the main cause of Swine flu. That is down from total vaccines given past year, but Gilmore said the county will be providing vaccines for the next several months.
Health officials urge people to get the flu vaccine as the first line of defense for influenza, according to a press release from the Department of Health.
The epidemiologist says there’s no way to predict if influenza cases will increase during the next few months, but it now appears to be a pretty average year.
Responding to the Orangeville Citizen, WDGPH spokesperson Rita Sethi, the Chief Nursing Officer and Director of Community Health and Wellness at WDGPH, reports, “There has also been an increase in the number of facilities reporting an influenza outbreak”.