Flu cases see jump

Pearl Mccarthy
January 5, 2019

Overall, influenza is considered more intense than the common cold.

"There's a lot of sort of random chance - depends who gets the flu, what else they're sick with - but I'm certainly really glad to see that the number of deaths does appear to be a lot lower than they were previous year at this point". When that strain predominated, almost 1 million Americans were hospitalized and 80,000 died.

Flu season is picking up in the Hoosier state, according to the Indiana Department of Public Health.

Martin says though cases in Minnesota are ramping up, it's still too early to tell if the strain is indeed H1N1.

On its website it says: "Seasonal influenza vaccine must be changed each year as the viruses naturally change over time".

"We activate our Visitor Limitation Policy for the health and safety of our patients", said Kathy Guyette, RN, Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services and President of Regional Member Hospitals. Children younger than 5 had the highest incidence of hospitalization, with 10 per 100,000 people. "I expect activity to continue for several more weeks". "Getting the flu vaccine is the most important thing you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones from getting influenza".

"When the flu vaccine is effective it can make a big difference", she says.

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In addition, a pain-free nasal spray vaccine is also available for children and youth aged 2 to 17 years. The vaccine is recommended for everyone except infants under the age of 6 months.

Arkansas and Oklahoma have lost 21 people to the flu since September.

Dr. Rodriguez says wash your hands with soap and water if they are dirty, but if you think your hands are germ covered, she says it's better to reach for the sanitizer instead.

Peak flu season in the state is between now and March.

"This illness hit her really hard and really fast", she said.

The predominant strain of flu this year appears to be the H1N1 virus, the same that was responsible for the 1918 pandemic that claimed 15-million lives.

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