Experts warn 2018 is among worst for flu outbreak

Jan 13, 2018, 01:54
Experts warn 2018 is among worst for flu outbreak

The influenza virus can change every year, which means the flu people contract this year will be different from the one last year.

In the Northeast, flu season typically peaks in January and February and lasts through March.

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The Centers for Disease Control say the 2018 season is shaping up to be the worst flu outbreak since the 2014-15 season.

"Declaring a local health emergency is a public health tool that we believe should be used judiciously when local resources are exhausted", Yphantides said. This season's influenza-related deaths jumped last week from 45 to 91.

Simply put, people who are sick must avoid spreading the infection.

Jimmy Whitworth, professor of global public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said: "Those who are eligible for the flu vaccine should make sure they receive it. The flu really should knock you down", said Dr Michael Chang, Memorial Hermann, TMC/UT Health.

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Working out too much. It does take time to kick in, but doctors say get it anyway.

Going low carb. Ditching bread and certain fruits in low carbohydrate diets may not be the best idea.

He noted that, in terms of flu activity in emergency rooms, the current season is nowhere near the record, which was set during the 2003-2004 season when 28 percent of emergency room patients had flu symptoms. They build healthy bacteria.

Stay home when you are sick.

CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or other necessities.

Puffing on the vape pen.

DOCTOR'S ORDERS Think you've got Aussie flu? Vapors can trigger inflammation in the lungs and make them more likely to become infected, according to a study published in PLOS. Get plenty of sleep, manage stress and be as physically active as is appropriate for you.

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"These procedures are created to help protect patients, visitors and staff from exposure to the flu and are in effect at all UK HealthCare inpatient units including University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, Kentucky Children's Hospital, UK Good Samaritan Hospital and Eastern State Hospital", Dr. Derek Forster, medical director for infection prevention and control at UK HealthCare, said in a statement. A big one is to avoid sharing pens.

Likewise, people who are sick should avoid places where people congregate - like buses, shops, churches, etc.

Clean your hands. Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. 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.

Flu shots from HHSA are $11 each. Time - maybe days, maybe weeks, maybe months - usually pass between when a person tests positive for a disease and when they succumb to their illness.

Knuckle it. When using a debit machine or other public device where fingers are required, use a knuckle instead of a fingertip. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with your hands. Grab a paper towel and use it to handle the gas nozzle.

Hands off, please! Wipe down phones, tablets and anything else that's touched by others. The percentage of unscheduled hospital admissions due to pneumonia have now increased above the level of 4 percent statewide.

One thing that is abundantly clear is that this has already been almost the deadliest flu season on record.

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