Unusually high flu activity expected to worsen, ND health department says

Unusually high flu activity expected to worsen, ND health department says

While you can't predict how the flu season will go, Thompson said so far this season is looking to be pretty serious. Peak influenza activity in the US usually occurs during December through February, but there can be substantial influenza activity up until the month of May. Flu symptoms include fever, chills, headaches and aching muscles. It can cause severe illness in some people and can even lead to death.

The most compelling statistic is the increase in reported flu cases from this time past year.

The United States typically mirrors Australia's flu season.

"Flu vaccination prevents millions of illnesses and tens of thousands of flu-related hospitalizations each year in the U.S".

The total number of people in the county who have been hospitalized with the flu is up to 30, she said.

"I haven't heard anything as major going on this year as there was last year with hospitals reaching capacity", York said. "It is actually even thought that those who receive the flu vaccine, even if you are exposed to influenza, it may temporize the disease to a certain extent".

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Adults can pass off the flu for five days after the onset of symptoms and children can be infectious for seven days. For children, medical care should be sought if they are unable to eat, have trouble breathing, if there are no tears when crying or if there are significantly fewer wet diapers than normal.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that, since 2010, the flu has led to hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and somewhere from 12,000 to 56,000 deaths in the US each year.

Health officer Dr. Alexander Brzezny said in the release that everyone six months old and older should immediately get a flu shot.

Oklahoma Department of Health officials reported the two additional deaths Thursday. York said the clinic bills nearly every insurance provider, including Medicare and Medicaid. "What compounds it is why we always push people to get the flu shots before the Thanksgiving holiday - it's really the travel to those areas where there are flu outbreaks".

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say you should be vigilant with washing your hands, avoid touching your eyes and mouth, get plenty of sleep and eat healthy to help give your immune system a boost. So are those who are in close contact with high-risk groups.

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