What You Need to Know to Stay Healthy This Flu Season

10 January, 2019, 23:10 | Author: Cynthia Curry
  • As flu outbreak numbers rise, the HSE says it's not too late to get your vaccine

Lab-confirmed flu cases in the county total 2,083 through January 5, according to the county's weekly influenza report.

Experts say it takes about two weeks to build up immunity against the virus after getting vaccinated.

"All of the fluologists have their own crystal ball, but flu is fickle so we're always very cautious about predicting, but I will say so far so good, not bad", he said.

"Flu activity has taken off our projection is that it's going to continue to increase, probably for the next few months", says Dr. Andrew Walshak with Presbyterian/ St. Luke's Medical Center. The CDC estimates that 80,000 people died of the flu during the 2017-2018 season. "With the flu, it's much greater congestion, especially in your chest".

In short, there is still time for you to get your flu shot and keep influenza at bay during this year's flu season which would be led by H1N1 influenza strain which is threatening kids and young adults more than other segments of the population. You will typically suffer from a cough, fever, sore throat, runny nose, headache, body aches, chills, and fatigue.

According to the CDC website, vaccines are recommended to contain H1N1, H3N2 and Victoria lineage-all different types of influenza.

Totals in Oklahoma so far this season are 331 hospitalizations and 13 deaths, far below last year's record.

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"The benefits of getting a flu shot are not only that you protect yourself, but you're protecting others around you too", Price said.

Individuals concerned about the flu, norovirus, or other illnesses and those experiencing any of the aforementioned symptoms should contact University Health Services at 814-863-0774, or their regular health care provider.

Thomas shared the flu shot is comprised of what flu strands were circulating the year prior. A sudden influx of patients has caused the hospital to remain at or near capacity most days, and much of that influx is attributed to the rise in confirmed flu cases.

For nearly everyone. The CDC recommends flu shots for anyone 6 months and older.

The HSE is urging all people in at-risk groups for the flu to get vaccinated if they have not done so already.

According to health officials, a 74-year-old man who was vaccinated died from complications from influenza B on December 31.

Zaleski said there have been no pediatric deaths in the county from the flu this season.

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