Chilly weather could be contributing to the state's 'widespread' flu epidemic

28 December, 2017, 01:14 | Author: Nina Hammond
  • Increase in flu rates

"Who doesn't want to kiss the baby?" Most of the reported flu cases were in Kingman, especially during the holidays. Last year's numbers are the second highest since 2014. The region includes Fresno.

Health officials are anxious, with so many people traveling for Christmas and New Year's, cases of the flu will skyrocket. "And our flu numbers are very much mirroring that pattern".

"This season, influenza A viruses have been most commonly identified, with influenza A (H3N2) viruses predominating", she wrote.

Both influenza A and B cause similar symptoms and are treated the same.

People can get the flu vaccine from local providers. So if you get the "stomach bug", that doesn't necessarily mean your vaccine was ineffective. While there are simple personal health practices everyone can adopt to help stay germ-free, getting an annual flu shot is the most effective way to protect against the virus.

But it's too soon so know how effective the vaccine will be in the United States, Bergen said.

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"The manufacturer has provided Trivalent influenza vaccine for infants 6 months - 35 months to cover the gap not met by the current stock of Quadrivalent Influenza vaccine approved for persons 3 years of age and older". "But some protection is better than no protection".

People who haven't received flu vaccines, particularly those at risk for complications related to flu, including children, pregnant women and those with chronic health problems, still have time to get vaccinated.

"Fortunately, a lot of times, there's still some crossover in the immunity you get from the vaccine", Dr. Kasy Holder said.

If people are experiencing symptoms like a fever, exhaustion and body aches, they should avoid going to work or school in order to prevent the virus from spreading, Joshi said.

A few more weeks pass, and for now, the flu seems to just be widespread. "When someone has influenza, it will reduce, in most cases, the duration of the symptoms by a day or two".

This flu season, the CDC is only recommending the injectable flu vaccine, rather than the nasal spray. The flu virus spreads when someone with influenza coughs, sneezes, or talks.



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