Don't let Aussie flu get the better of you

Posted January 25, 2018

The latest influenza numbers were still being pulled together Tuesday for a health department press release, but the statistics show more cases than previous year in Genesee and Orleans counties.

Just one week later, the number of deaths more than doubled, soaring to 2,355 deaths.

Because the county doesn't receive death certificates as some other health departments do, it can not keep track of flu-related deaths, except for pediatric flu deaths - which the county has not seen this season.

The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services reported Tuesday that a patient in their 30s with underlying health issues had passed away after contracting the flu virus.

In the City of St. Louis, a sharp spike of confirmed flu cases was reported during the month of December. Of more concern are vulnerable individuals, like children under the age of 5 years old, the elderly, pregnant women and people with other coexisting medical conditions like diabetes. This year, influenza A - specifically H3N2 - is especially prevalent.

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While you might be more anxious about the flu this year, in particular, Dr. Bouvier says that this year's flu season is not "completely out of the ordinary". but that still doesn't mean it's not concerning.

"This is a season that has a lot more steam than we thought", the CDC's Dr. Dan Jernigan said, via CBS News.

Although it's been quite a few weeks since vaccines started to be offered, Diamond says it's better late than never to get your flu shot.

"The sooner someone gets treated, the more effective it is", he said.

Officials with the Maryland Department of Health say you still have time to get the flu shot.

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One mother, Jaina Johnson, told the news channel that there was an hour and a half wait at the doctor's office when she took her daughter there for flu treatment.

To prevent the flu, people should get their flu shot, wash their hands frequently, and limit exposure to other people who might be sick, said Dr. Williams. Typical symptoms of the flu include sudden fever, aching muscles, sore throat, coughing, runny nose, headache, and eye pain.

Graves Gilbert Clinic is offering flu vaccines for free with insurance or for $45 without insurance, according to a joint email sent from Juliana Pace, practice manager at Graves Gilbert, and Steve Rey, director of intramural recreational sports.

Flu A and B are different strains.

This particular strain of the flu virus (H3N2) that has infected many USA citizens, is known for its ability to avoid protection supplied by vaccinations.

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The state has been hit hard by the illness, according to reports.