Why this year's flu season may be especially risky

There have been 3,854 total flu-associated hospitalizations in OH since flu season began last October.

He said the H3N2 influenza strain is showing up, which can mean more severe illness in children and people who are older or with compromised immune systems.

The ages of the Dallas County patients who died were 94, 38, 93, 89 and 71, according to a Dallas County Health and Human Services news release.

Flu activity traditionally begins to increase in October and can last as late as May, with cases typically peaking between December and February. "It's not possible to say precisely when this flu season will peak or end or how severe it will be". If you do get the flu, then the flu shot can reduce the severity of your illness.

Getting a flu shot is the best preventative measure and it's never too late, Scherzer added.

Get vaccinated. The list of reasons to avoid vaccination is short (such as having a severe reaction to the vaccine in the past); and no, the standard injected flu vaccine can not cause you to get the flu.

At the end of its flu season in mid-August, Australia had more than 93,000 laboratory-confirmed cases - nearly 2.5 times the number of infections and double the number of hospitalizations and deaths compared to the previous year.

This year's vaccine is said to be 10%-to-30% effective. This is especially true for those most likely to suffer complications of the flu such as the elderly, chronically ill, and young children. "If you are sick, please stay home to prevent further spread of the virus".

Those with the flu should stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities.

Statewide, flu is widespread and at levels nearing peak season, the California Department of Public Health said Tuesday.

Flu symptoms can come on suddenly with a fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, headache and fatigue, though not everyone with the flu runs a fever, Rohler noted. Wischmeier says the good news is that the incidence of flu has since slowed down, locally.

People exhibiting symptoms of the flu are encouraged to first call or visit their primary care providers or urgent care clinics. "However, if the next person that walks in is sicker than you, they will go first".

  • Santos West