Thursday, 24 January, 2019

Flu season has entered peak period, CDC says

The Government Of Canada Is Now Warning That H1N1 Flu Is Back And The Rate Of Confirmed Cases Is Higher Than Ever featured image As flu outbreak numbers rise, the HSE says it's not too late to get your vaccine
Samantha Long | 09 January, 2019, 20:26

The Canadian health agency reports 43% of the cases in Ontario so far this season are children, compared to about 20% a year ago.

New Mexicans who still haven't gotten a flu shot for whatever reason this season - procrastination, neglect or a mistaken sense of invulnerability are among the likely candidates - still have time to hedge their bets against what can be a debilitating, even deadly, illness.

The most recent statistics show there has been 512 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza A in Manitoba, the most common flu virus in Canada, since Sept 1. "This is a tragic reminder that the flu can still kill, and that children are particularly susceptible to the illness", he said in the release.

"It is recommended that people still get the flu vaccination if they have not already", said infectious disease expert Dr. David Cennimo of Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. At this point in the 2017-2018 flu season, 46 states were reporting widespread flu activity, there were 13.7 flu hospitalizations per 100,000 people and nearly 6% of doctor's visits were related to the flu. Compared to a year ago, this flu season appears to be less severe.

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But most importantly, before flu season peaks, people should make it a top priority to go to or call their county health department or health care provider to be vaccinated.

This year, we are seeing influenza A H1N1 and H3N2, and influenza B viruses.

The majority of those are the H1N1 strain, according to the province. "Get your flu shot and get protected".

THE HSE has urged Limerick people in at-risk groups for the flu to get vaccinated, as the number of cases are expected to increase in the coming weeks. Those especially at risk are adults 65 years of age and older, children younger than 5, pregnant women, and people with certain chronic diseases such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease or other long-term medical conditions. "So, I tell patients it's never too late to get your flu shot". People can also get the flu by touching something, like a door handle, that has the virus on it and then touching their mouth, eyes or nose.

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