Influenza affecting more people than normal: Northern Health

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"Louisiana is experiencing a severe flu season and the strain of the flu we are seeing now is one that typically causes more severe illness, and results in higher hospitalization rates and death", Dr. And the number of cases will likely increase.

"We're several weeks ahead of where we would have been last [season]", she said.

State officials warn the virus strain this flu season, which ends in late May, can be "extremely serious, even deadly" for those in higher-risk categories, as well as generally healthy Kentuckians. If you are in a high risk group and develop flu symptoms, it's best for you to contact your doctor early in your illness.

Many employees unfortunately waste their sick days when they aren't actually sick, or they don't want to burn off days so they can take time off for vacation or other commitments. "To them, the flu is the flu and obviously that's not the case but I think a lot of people have that belief". "That becomes a little bit challenging in controlling the outbreak", Ahmad added.

As of February 3, more than 1,300 people were diagnosed with the flu.

According to the News & Observer, 95 people and counting have died from the flu or flu related symptoms (pneumonia, bronchitis and sinus infections, as well as exacerbations of asthma and congestive heart disease) in North Carolina, including the 10 deaths last week.

But even those who have not been vaccinated should still roll up their sleeves and get the shot.

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Pierce student Zakarih Swanson was absent two days this quarter due to contracting the flu.

This outbreak is particularly hard. "It was the worst flu I've ever had in my life".

Parents and caregivers should be tired about spreading the disease to children and the elderly. In California, hospitalization rates are four times higher than they were in 2014-15, double in OR and Minnesota. Consumer Reports Health experts say it is not too late this flu season to get the flu vaccine. "The best way is teaching them not to cough into their hands, but into their sleeve; schools are teaching this now".

Cover coughs and sneezes properly.

Fisher said to be aware of touching door handles, phone receivers and the like, after someone with the virus has touched it.

No region stands out as being hardest hit this season, said Russell, but the majority of the cases appear to involve people aged 65 and older, said Russell.

After touching anything, don't put your hands and/or fingers near your face - especially your mouth and nose. Still, it's the first examining the effectiveness of this year's shot in practice.

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The heavy flu season has also put a strain in places on some medical supplies, including IV bags, and flu medicine.

Fast breathing or trouble breathing. "Do not", she stresses, "go to the emergency room". "The sooner that you fight it, the sooner that it works, later on, it lingers and it takes longer to work because the virus is already built up".

If you live on campus, go visit our friendly physicians and nurses in the Joyner House. The CDC recommends everyone age 6 months and older be vaccinated against the flu each year.

Pace said along with taking precautions when she's out in public places, she also got the vaccine back in November. "The only thing it drains is your wallet". Remain in the home for at least 24 hours after the fever has lifted without medication, as recommended by the CDC.

"Keep them home if they are sick".

"Every time I come to the store I make sure that I have my hand sanitizer", said Marilyn Pace who was shopping at Hen House, "It's worked so far".

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