Demand for Tamiflu rises as cases of flu grow

Demand for Tamiflu rises as cases of flu grow

Demand for Tamiflu rises as cases of flu grow

"Compared to the last three seasons, it looks a lot worse but it goes up and down". And you need to deal with it. The flu is hitting harder and more frequently than previous years.

Those at highest risk include people 65 and older; people with chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease; pregnant women; and young children, according to the CDC.

The number of patients heading to doctors and hospitals doubled in the last week.

The proportion of people seeing their health care provider for influenza-like illness increased from 4.9 to 5.8 percent.

"It is lighter in our region, and the good news is that none of our facilities in Richmond have outbreaks", said Tiffany Akins of the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority. Data will be available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in February about vaccine effectiveness.

Only shots are advised this year.

What is the H3N2 flu and how bad is flu season this year?

She said numbers often are underrepresented though because they reflect only the cases that test positive in a clinic or hospital setting.

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It is turning into a particularly nasty flu season.

No, getting the flu shot isn't a guarantee that you won't get the flu, and that kind of sucks. If you're lucky, you may have mild symptoms like a cough and a runny nose. After immunization the immune system recognizes and binds virus strains, thereby preventing disease and reducing the severity of illness and preventing complications and death.

If you've heard that the flu shot might actually give you the flu, rest assured that's impossible.

No, you don't get the flu from the vaccine because the vaccine is made from an inactivated virus that can't transmit infection.

Forty-one thousand cases of flu have been confirmed in the United States as of the week of December 27. But the shot itself can't infect you.

It takes about two weeks after vaccination for the body to respond fully.

The CDC advises people 6 months and older get vaccinated. There's still more you can do. "It's actually more effective for the other parts of the vaccine that are trying to prevent the other flus circulating". That means washing your hands, using a hand sanitizer, and coughing or sneezing into a tissue or the inside of your arm. Antiviral drugs can be prescribed by a physician, and work best if started within two days of getting sick.

Though a recent study raised the idea that the vaccine could be only 10 percent effective against this year's flu, he said that number does not necessarily apply to the USA or to other strains of the flu that are circulating, besides H3N2.

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