State Sees More Severe Flu Cases, More Hospitalizations

State Sees More Severe Flu Cases, More Hospitalizations

Speaking today, a spokesperson for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, said: "Please do not visit hospital if you are or have been unwell with flu-like symptoms in the last seven days, unless it is an emergency".

There were 22 new cases of patients diagnosed with severe flu complications last week, including 18 who had not been vaccinated, CDC physician Wu Pei-huan (吳佩圜) said at a weekly briefing on the flu situation in Taiwan.

The HSE said that Australian flu season has been dominated by influenza A (H3N2) co-circulating with influenza B, but that the H3N2 is similar to the strain that dominated last year's flu season in Ireland.

Doctors in the United Kingdom have warned that it could be the worst outbreak of the bug in 50 years, as official figures revealed cases more than doubled in just one week.

A spokesperson for PHE told HuffPost UK: "We are now seeing a mix of flu types, including the A (H3N2) strain that circulated last winter in the UK and then in Australia". However, this year the season commenced earlier in mid-December.

Symptoms to look out for: fever, headache, general aches or pains, extreme exhaustion, stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat, cough or chest discomfort. The cost of the standard flu shot, unless you have Medicaid, Medicare, Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield, Child Health Plus or Fidelis is $55.

Symptoms of a cold are generally mild compared to flu. Moreover, most viruses separated from patient tissue samples have been related to the Yamagata lineage, not the Victoria lineage in vaccines being used this season.

Doctors have described corridors overflowing with patients and ambulances being forced to queue outside A&E as the winter flu season begins to take hold. She said the flu vaccination is the biggest defense against the illness.

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As with any flu, the Australian flu is highly contagious and can spread quickly.

'There was a health alert on Wednesday letting providers know that they should be highly suspicious of anyone with flu-like symptoms and start treating them with antivirals, ' Anton said.

Chances are good that some of the advice friends and family gave you about avoiding or dealing with the flu is wrong.

Blum pointed out that many groups who may think they should avoid the shot are mistaken. Statistically, every 100 people who get the flu will infect 127 others.

With the preparation of 6 million doses for the vaccination program this season, there are now less than 140,000 doses left, Chuang said, encouraging those targeted to get a flu shot as soon as possible.

However, the North Dakota Health Department has been reporting higher than normal influenza activity this season, primarily in the southern part of the state.

With the flu prevalent in the area, local hospital systems are putting visitor restrictions in place.

"The best you can do with covering your cough, using hand sanitizer is a good method", she said.

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