Officials with the Department for Public Health say for the first time this season, flu activity in Kentucky is now considered widespread, the highest level of flu activity. In the past two seasons, Arizona did not reach widespread activity until February.
Although the effectiveness of the US flu vaccine is unknown, the vaccine remains a valuable public health tool. "We often think of the very young and seniors when we think of the vulnerable, but people at any age with underlying health conditions are also at a greater risk of the flu and serious complications stemming from it".
Burton said that's not good for avoiding flu and infections, as the germs from the facial tissue are transferred to the inside of the pocket or the sleeve, and can be picked up again by touching those places afterwards.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that everyone over the age of six months get an influenza vaccine before the holidays. Stephens County is reporting the most cases in Southwest Oklahoma with five, followed by four in Comanche County and three in Jackson.
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The vaccine is safe and effective. "This is a tragic reminder that the flu still kills", said county public health official Cameron Kaiser, MD, in a statement. They say there are other methods of stopping spread of the flu, such as having sick workers stay home, or keeping them away from patients. Wu said the flu season in CT could extend into April. No. 1 on the list is to get a flu shot.
The medical professionals say the symptoms can pack a powerful punch but usually clear up within two weeks. Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue.
The increase has prompted DPHHS to encourage people to take precautions to protect themselves as they travel over the Christmas holiday. But these days, I'm not so sure that we shouldn't be more focused on the larger issue of preserving community health by being more accommodating to individuals and families, since they really are one and the same.