What To Know About The Flu Virus As Season Ramps Up

What To Know About The Flu Virus As Season Ramps Up

What To Know About The Flu Virus As Season Ramps Up

In Maine, the number of hospitalizations increased by 53 last week, with 10 new outbreaks, according to a January 9 update from the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

It is still too soon to say just how bad this flu season will be, but the CDC believes it could reach near epidemic levels.

At the same time, Influenza B is "increasing steadily", with 20 times more detections so far this season compared to the same time periods in the last seven years. "That is more than 90 percent of hospital beds that are filled within those public health districts", Alabama Acting Health Officer Scott Harris said.

While the Centers for Disease Control is calling this year's flu season an epidemic, doctors with the CDC said every flu season is normally an epidemic.

If you haven't already, get the flu shot!

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"Influenza is not the common cold, it's the fever, the headache, the muscle ache, cough". The flu should typically last about 5 to 10 days with symptoms starting to get better as the week goes on. Judging by the latest data, this could be one of the more severe flu seasons in recent years.

The previous report, from data gathered December 23, stated that seven people had died from the flu in Travis County up to that point.

"All residents are encouraged to continue to practice good hand hygiene and other flu prevention habits, such as sneezing and coughing into your sleeve", said a press release from the hospital. "If you have a high-risk condition, do not forget to keep a safe distance from individuals who have flu-like symptoms".

"The season started early and it is probably peaking right now", according to Dan Jernigan, the director of the CDC's influenza division. Werker noted the criticism about the effectiveness of this year's flu shot. The children's vaccine is available at all of DCHHS' immunization clinics. People who are sick should stay home for at least 24 hours after symptoms have resolved to protect others and prevent spreading the disease.

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