McLennan County sees spike in flu cases

McLennan County sees spike in flu cases

McLennan County sees spike in flu cases

The Arizona Department of Health Services has announced that the flu is widespread in Arizona with 2,629 more cases reported than a year ago.

Flu is now widespread in Kentucky, meaning there are flu-outbreaks in half of Kentucky's regions.

The traditional flu season lasts from October through May.

This is considered the highest number of seasonal cases of influenza this early since tests became reportable.

Although the effectiveness of the USA flu vaccine is unknown, the vaccine remains a valuable public health tool. "It is actually even thought that those who receive the flu vaccine, even if you are exposed to influenza, it may temporize the disease to a certain extent".

Beyond getting a flu shot, there are other things we can do for ourselves and for family, friends, co-workers and the community.

Last year, the USA flu vaccine was about 42 percent effective.

Other suggestions for staying healthy include frequent hand-washing, using hand sanitizers, staying away from sick people, avoiding touching the eyes, nose or mouth, and cleaning commonly touched surfaces.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated.

Opponents of the flu vaccine counter that life-threatening reactions can be caused by the shot, including brain inflammation and even death.

Government officials contend the viruses in flu shots are killed during the production of a vaccine, which means they can not cause infection.

The importance of getting the flu shot is especially true for young people and those with chronic medical conditions, she said. He says despite the large numbers now, it doesn't necessarily mean the season totals will be more than usual.

Flu symptoms often include fever, cough, sore throat, headache, chills and muscle aches, and thousands of people die each year because of the flu, mostly among elderly people, according to the press release.

"They've had it since, like, three months ago", Perez said.

While you can't predict how the flu season will go, Thompson said so far this season is looking to be pretty serious.

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