It's that time of year - flu season

Dec 24, 2017, 00:55
It's that time of year - flu season

The CDC is urging health care professionals to be aware of the fact that even vaccinated patients may get the flu this year, Jernigan said. "The levels we're seeing this week are as high as the levels we saw past year during the entire flu season", she said.

The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority says influenza season is well underway and twice as many cases have been documented compared with this time previous year.

However, health officials say that it's too early to tell how well the vaccine with work against the flu virus in the U.S.

Through mid-November, fewer than 2 percent of people reported flu-like illnesses at different surveillance sites across the state, according to Department of Health data.

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Dr. Laura Bourns says that includes 16 confirmed cases of Influenza A and 8 cases of Influenza B.

The main difference between the two types of influenza is that outbreaks of type B tend to occur less frequently than type A, though both have the capability to cause serious illness.

Last week, there was a big jump in the number of cases reported by the medical community. "That means for hospitals in particular, employees who have not had the flu vaccine need to start masking and doing the extra protections to protect themselves and our patients from spreading the flu".

Senior Services helps facilitate flu shots and medical visits for clients at senior centers, Rinaldi said, and will offer to drive senior citizens to the pharmacy or doctor if they don't have transportation.

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The Health Department has the vaccine available.

KAMLOOPS - 'Tis the season for holiday cheer, and on occasion, holiday illness. Flu season usually lasts through early summer.

He suggested people who are sick should do their relatives and friends a favor and stay home from holiday gatherings.

Flu (influenza) shares some symptoms with a cold, such as a runny nose or sore throat, but may also be accompanied by a fever, muscle aches, watery eyes, warm skin, a dry cough and headaches.

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Kentucky health officials said they've also seen flu activity emerging earlier than normal and anticipates it will continue for several months. Vaccination is more important for people with weakened immune systems, as well as those who are pregnant, elderly or live with or care for others at high risk.