Published: Tue, February 06, 2018
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Health officials to give update on Louisiana Flu cases

Health officials to give update on Louisiana Flu cases

Morgan Shandler, a spokeswoman for Shawnee Mission Medical Center, says her hospital had 230 cases in January, with the busiest day occurring on January 13 when there were 15 positive results. "I think this year we're up to about 250 flu shots".

The predominant virus this year has been H3N2, which means there have been more complications among the young and elderly.

Officials say anyone who hasn't received the flu shot yet can do so for free at public health departments in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmore Murray, Pickens, and Whitfield counties.

In anticipation of an active and busy flu season, Rodriguez ordered posters and brochures from the Centers for Disease Control for display and distribution at all campuses.

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Health professionals actually encourage that you do get a flu shot, especially as different strands of the flu swirl around.

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The Hen House is still providing flu shots on a walk-in basis. Since September, 335 lab-confirmed hospitalizations have occurred in that area. Of those, 172 cases have been the influenza A virus while 23 have been influenza B. The number of influenza B cases typically increase later in flu season. Symptoms, which come on fast, include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Pharmacies are also running out of flu medicines.

But what happens after you've already gotten over the flu? The easiest thing to do is get the flu shot - it's not too late.

According to the World Health Organisation, about 5 to 10 per cent of adults and between 20 and 30 per cent of children in the world are infected with flu every year. If you catch the flu in the beginning, chances are you will not feel as bad AND it won't last as long.

The flu is spread through mucus droplets through the air from coughing and sneezing.

"Teach them to wash hands before touching their nose and eyes", she said.

"We are still encouraging people who are eligible for the vaccine to go get it and obviously people who are in contact with the high risk populations to get the vaccine also", said Russell.

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Stay away from others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.

Swanson sought medical help in the early stages of his illness, which enabled him to recover smoothly.

Stay home if you are sick. There are no current shortages of antiviral drugs and manufacturers report they expect to meet projected seasonal demands.

The current flu season is at record levels in New York State.

The U.S. flu vaccines are reviewed annually and updated to match the circulating flu viruses.

CDC officials aren't exactly sure why this season has been so rough, but most of the country has been hit by the flu at the same time, which officials said was unusual.

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