With flu surging in Livingston County, health department to host Tuesday clinic

With flu surging in Livingston County, health department to host Tuesday clinic

The increased number of students contracting the flu when they come back to campus is due in part to the cold weather weakening immune systems, Kelly Hanes, the public information officer for Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH), said.

The number of confirmed cases represent the highest number of flu cases in Livingston County since 2009 - the year of the H1N1 virus - when there were 249 confirmed cases of the flu.

Brenda Fitzgerald resigned as head of the CDC Wednesday, a day after Politico reported Fitzgerald's purchase of tobacco stock after she took the position at the nation's top public health agency.

If you've been lucky enough to dodge those flu germs, don't count yourself safe yet because this season's flu virus is one of the worst in recent memory. But the epidemic is accelerating. During the week of January 27, more states reported a high number of patients with flu-like symptoms, according to the head of the CDC influenza division, Daniel Jernigan.

"When flu season started, I conducted several trainings during faculty meetings regarding flu prevention". In the USA, said Murti, there have been fewer cases of Influenza B.

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.

Flu season 2018 Influenza A virus subtype H3N2 Flu season will last longer than expected
It is essential to maintain proper hygiene to reduce the chances of getting the flu. Image credit ABC

Residents may also wish to contact their local health care provider or pharmacy about getting a flu shot. Another 163 people have died from pneumonia, with pneumonia and influenza linked as a contributing factor in another 552 deaths. Although people with the flu are most contagious in the first 3-4 days after their illness begins, some otherwise healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick.

The province is also dealing with a double whammy of simultaneous strains this season, and a vaccine that's less effective than previous years.

The Louisiana Department of Health says they want you to catch beads and not the Flu this Carnival season. "Despite vaccination being a third as effective compared to prior years, and taking two weeks before it is effective, the CDPH website states it is ". People with flu should stay home until they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications.

When asked what the best way to avoid catching the flu is, Dr. You'd have to do the studies that say when did that individual get vaccinated with what type of vaccine.

She says get the flu vaccine.

Visitors exhibiting flu symptoms - including fever, runny nose, cough or sore throat - are not permitted to visit patients in any UM Shore Regional Health facility.

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