Monday, 23 April, 2018

Why this year's flu season may be especially risky

Administering a flu vaccination to a patient is Terri Buratczuk clinical director of the Tri City Health Partnership a free health clinic in St. Charles that provides services for those who are uninsured or underinsured Effectively battling bug
Marlene Weaver | 11 January, 2018, 03:10

The health department said a one-year-old boy from Lucas County, Ohio has died from the flu. No other health information is being released. And hospital patients are asked to have no more than two visitors at a time.

"Pair these factors with an early start to the season, and we've got ourselves a bad year of influenza", Scherzer said. You can also protect yourself by washing your hands, sneezing or coughing into your elbow, staying home when you are sick and not touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

Today, officials with Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) confirmed three flu-related deaths in the county.

She's seen a recent spike in cases with 170 reports of influenza in the county through December 23, a 45-percent increase from a year ago.

"It's safe to say that we are now experiencing a flu outbreak and these three voluntarily reported flu-related deaths reflect that", said Chief Epidemiologist Russell Jones.

32 missing, oil tanker on fire after collision off China
It was not immediately clear what caused the collision. " Sanchi is floating and burning as of now", the ministry said. All 21 members of the crew in the Hong Kong registered vessel, which was carrying grains from the U.S. , were rescued.

"We ask that people educate themselves regarding when to come to the emergency room and when to stay home", Rohler said. He added, that if teachers get sick, the school is also ready to support them with substitute teachers available and on call. But the symptoms will be milder and probably have a shorter duration.

"If you already have the flu we'd advise people to follow the message "Catch It, Bin It, Kill It".

Dr. Clint Koenig is the medical director of the Ohio Department of Health. Residents with questions should contact their health care provider. However, the state does track pediatric deaths.

"Having gone over two maximum incubation periods without any new reported case linked to the outbreak, we consider it appropriate to, and subsequently wish to declare the outbreak over on technical grounds".

Cases of the flu were close to epidemic levels at the end of 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some people, especially young children and people with weakened immune systems, might be able to infect others with flu viruses for an even longer time. The flu can lead to complications like pneumonia, dehydration and worsening of chronic medical conditions. Byrne says, "It's a high fever, usually over a hundred degrees, with a severe headache and body aches, and extreme fatigue that can last up to three weeks; and you could have a cough".

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