“I was diagnosed with the flu this year and it was absolutely awful”, Miranda said, “Lo and behold, as soon as I got back to WSU I began to get a fever, chills, and a sore throat”. Those who develop flu symptoms should seek medical advice to determine if they should be treated with an antiviral drug, which could shorten the course of the illness or reduce its severity.
“People know their own bodies, so if you’re not feeling well, if this is the worst you’ve ever felt, go to your doctor”.
A stronger strand has been active this year that wasn’t predicted. Influenza A strain H3N2 is a strain that can change and move rapidly. However, it is not unheard of for the flu season to be longer, even extending into May in years past.
The flu season runs from October through May.
Three flu strains are circulating in the 2017-18 season.
Many still have their doubts about getting the flu shot. “I’ve been here nearly 10 years now – certainly the worst one since I’ve been here”, Dr. Michael Catapano of STAT Health in Cutchogue said this week. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, California is one of the 39 states that have experienced widespread flu-like illnesses.
“There might be some hesitancy because of the reports out of Australia, but if 25 per cent actually get immunity, that’s a considerable amount of protection”, he said, adding vaccination rates continue to hover around 27 to 28 per cent of the population.
“This letter has been prepared by the Student Health Services to inform you about steps the University is taking to protect the health of faculty, staff and students”. Everyone six months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every year. He called for the team to collect data and better target the flu within New York State. Roth said Tamiflu is good to take 48 hours within the onset of symptoms. He said children can also experience nausea and vomiting. Goforth said soup and drinks are important. People who care for infants should be vaccinated instead. “We’ve got to be very careful they don’t spread it”.
“We are still seeing many patients presenting with flu-like symptoms. that have tested negative but physicians are still opting to treat them with antiviral medications”, she said.
For children, Roth encourages parents to pay attention to their child’s fever.
“It’s not 90 per cent, but it’s not 10 per cent either”, she said from Vancouver.
The site recommends to go to the health center if you have, “a fever greater than 101.5 degrees, “are very tired”, or if you are “not coping well with symptoms”.
Sutfin said she believes the arrival of the H3N2 virus is the predominant reason that is spreading to more people than usual this season.
Lee Health has a restriction in effect for children 12 years and younger from visiting the hospitals across the system. Both were over the age of 70, he said. “We had 43 cases this week, so we’re still averaging around 50 cases a week”.
“We really need our community to help us this flu season by following these restrictions”. “We are right in line with numbers from the 2013-2014 season”. Be careful what you touch, as hands transmit germs.