Published: Thu, February 08, 2018
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

More Flu-Related Deaths Were Recorded In The US

More Flu-Related Deaths Were Recorded In The US

More than 500 lab-confirmed cases of the flu have been reported in Oswego County this year.

"It is not too late to get vaccinated", said Dr. Eden Wells, chief medical executive for MDHHS.

"When people get to the extremes of ages, around 80 years old, often times they don't respond really well to the flu shot and they still get it".

Susan Turner noted flu activity this winter has followed a similar pattern to the 2016-2017 flu season, when cases tapered into February.

"There are signs that activity in the west may be easing up", said Anne Schuchat, the acting director of the Centers for Disease Control during Friday's conference call update on flu season.

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For more information, contact the Oswego County Health Department weekdays at 315-349-3547. This reflects what's going on in the nation and it's obviously a very very severe season and it's lasting a long time.

At highest risk for the flu, the elderly, people with compromised immune systems and children.

Nine influenza-related deaths have been reported in the county this season, including seven last month. Reported cases of the flu or absent students in the district have not been higher than any other year.

"Even if you feel like flu has come to your community and now is decreasing, there could be a second wave and it could be a different type of virus", Fry said. The main difference is that the flu brings muscle aches and body pain along with an accompanying headache.

Clean hands. If soap and water aren't available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

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Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

"I had the flu like symptoms for two weeks of coughing congestion the congestion sore ribs sinus. d if it's were free I would have probably taken the flu shot".

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. It can reduce flu-related illnesses, visits to the doctor, missed work and school and flu-related hospitalizations.

Last week, officials with the CDC said that the flu vaccine was not a great match for the H3N2 virus, one of the predominant viruses circulating this year.

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