Increase of flu cases in Welsh hospitals and GP surgeries

"We are about halfway through the flu season, which typically runs from October 1 to March 31", said Dr. Greg Brock of the Wabash Valley Health Clinic in Terre Haute.

Of those confirmed cases, 54 were hospitalized across the state, a number significantly higher than this time last January, when DE had a flu season that peaked late. And officials at Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Lumberton say flu complications are contributing to the hospital being filled to capacity. "That's the one that causes the most death, so I hope it doesn't happen but with this virus circulating it could be a bad year for us", says Kightlinger.

Influenza activity and flu-related deaths are rising in North Carolina as the peak of the 2016-17 flu season nears.

Most commonly, human infections with variant viruses occur in people with exposure to infected pigs (e.g., at a fair or at work). It may cause mild to moderate illness and at times can lead to death.

According to the MLHU, flu shots are available at healthcare provider offices and participating pharmacies from October to March. It takes a week or two to be fully protected after getting immunized. They don't trust a shot to keep them from getting the flu.

The latest reporting week covers the period when children returned to school, and shows that absentee rates are very high in Cumberland and Salem counties, with more than one in ten children out sick.

Influenza Vaccine
Influenza Virus vaccine. Image credit Organic Lifestyle Magazine

Creating efficacious remedies for the flu is no easy task, as it's the only vaccine-preventable disease that continuously adapts.

Officials said the shot takes a few weeks to take effect so getting it sooner rather than later is good. Yet preventing the flu-and associated symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, chills, and fatigue-is as simple as one, two, three.

The flu continues to sweep through the community, with elevated levels for the ninth consecutive week this season. Health officials recommend that everyone ages 6 months and older get a flu vaccine every year.

Prevention is highly advised in this season of infection that includes - washing hands often with soap and water especially after being outside, avoiding touching face, avoiding being around with a sick person, staying home.

It is particularly important for senior citizens, pregnant women, young children and people with weakened immune systems to get the shot. "Wash your hands. If you do get sick with high risk conditions or are severely ill, see your doctor".

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