Flu deaths higher than estimated

Flu deaths higher than estimated

Influenza typically affects those older than 65 and younger than 5, but also can be harmful to people of any age who have another chronic illness.

One of the main problems is that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says this year's flu vaccine has only been about 10 percent effective.

The Public Health Department released its latest figures on influenza Thursday, reporting that as of January 6, a total of 1,015 people came down with the seasonal infectious respiratory ailment, and 456 needed to be hospitalized. But that only means the first half of the season has passed.

Australia was hit with an unusually bad flu season, with far more illnesses and deaths than average. DPH Commissioner Dr. J. Patrick O'Neal advised that it is not too late to get a flu shot.

Harris said hospitals in almost half of Alabama counties are at 90 percent of their patient capacity.

The predominant strain of flu circulating in Georgia and around the country is the H3N2 form of influenza A, a Friday press release said.

She also recommends people get the flu vaccine, which is available at any of Trinity's three walk-in vaccination sites at Trinity Health South Ridge, 1500 24th Ave. Annually, thousands of people nationwide are hospitalized or die from influenza- associated illness.

Farage has salary slashed to recoup 'misspent funds'
Website Votewatch Europe listed Farage 748th out of 751 MEPs for voting participation at the European Parliament. MEPs earn €101,808 a year before tax and receive thousands more in expenses for staff, travel and office costs.

Alabama's governor, Kay Ivey, declared a state public health emergency yesterday because of rising flu levels in that state.

The health team reports there are 89 lab-confirmed cases of influenza but suggests this number could be greater since many sufferers don't seek medical care.

Morgan said H3N2 is the dominant strain this year, making the vaccine somewhat less effective.

"Everyone 6 months of age and older should be vaccinated against the flu every year", Los Angeles County officials noted.

Lincoln Public Schools said between students and staff they've had 30 cases, which isn't unusual. The most common side effects are pain and tenderness at the site of injection. Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. "Even if the vaccine does not prevent you from getting the flu, it will make it less likely for you to become seriously ill or require hospitalization".

"A lot of people take supplements orally - they'll take vitamin C orally or magnesium orally but you don't absorb as much of it as you do when you get it intravenously", said Tapp. People suffering with flu-like symptoms should catch coughs or sneezes in tissues and bin them immediately, wash their hands regularly with soap and warm water and frequently clean regularly used surfaces to stop the spread of flu.

"A number of those children have been admitted to the hospital, where they've required hospitalization for assistance with breathing", Dr. Andi Shane told the station.

Related Articles