Reported flu cases are rising — CDC

Flu hits hard this season     So far sends 49 to hospital in AHS Central Zone
    Susan ZielinskiDec. 29 2017 1:15

Flu hits hard this season So far sends 49 to hospital in AHS Central Zone Susan ZielinskiDec. 29 2017 1:15

It said 49 states reported widespread or regional flu activity.

The Terre Haute area is not immune, with both Union and Terre Haute Regional hospitals announcing temporary visiting restrictions because of the spread of influenza A. Also affected is Union Hospital Clinton.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports "influenza activity" is ticking up across the southern half of the U.S., with one strain (H3N2) responsible for the majority of the deadliest, most risky cases reported so far. That's partially because flu vaccines tend to be less effective against H3N2 compared to other strains of the virus.

The Alabama Department of Public Health said Friday that flu activity is picking up for the season and urged people to get vaccinated.

Sporadic: Small numbers of laboratory-confirmed influenza cases or a single laboratory-confirmed influenza outbreak has been reported, but there is no increase in cases of ILI. Additionally, everyone should keep in mind to thoroughly wash their hands throughout the day, avoid touching their face area and other orifices without reason, and to stay warm in colder weather to prevent the virus from replicating more quickly.

Achebe said not everyone who gets the flu is asked whether they were immunized, but a few people who got the shot still got sick.

The child, who lived in central North Carolina, is the first pediatric death reported in the state for the 2017-2018 flu season.

Fuller said one reason for the spike in cases compared to last year is this year's vaccine.

The Montana Department of Health and Human Services weekly influenza update indicates the number of cases of the flu is still rising. Flu complications, such as pneumonia, can result in hospitalization or even death. Sick rooms can be shared with others who are sick and in households with more than one bathroom, sick people should use one while well people use the other.

Not at all, experts said. Many users of the app also self-report symptoms and diagnoses.

For people who get the flu, he said, the best thing to do is to go see a health professional who can prescribe medication to help.

Not everyone with flu will have a fever. For example, people with asthma may experience asthma attacks while they have the flu, and people with chronic congestive heart failure may experience worsening of this condition.

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