Flu cases on the rise in Mason County

Flu cases on the rise in Mason County

It is understood that the flu was a factor in the sudden death of 33-year-old Co Tyrone teacher Christopher Colhoun, who passed away on Monday after falling ill at the weekend.

Angie Allen, the county public health nurse, said that they had 43 lab-confirmed cases of flu so far this season, primarily influenza type A, and that's fairly typical. That is not a measure of activity, however, and while 26 states like Georgia are at a high level of influenza-like activity, others like Florida are still at the minimal level.

Idaho's influenza surveillance coordinator heard some unsettling news from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during a Friday morning conference call.

Because of the flu season which has come on earlier and more aggressive than years past Beaumont has made a decision to ban children under 13 from visiting all eight of their hospitals.

"It's a normal influenza virus".

There was a 50% increase in the number of people admitted to hospital with the flu this week compared to the week before.

- This year's flu season is a brutal one and now more than a dozen hospitals are taking steps to protect patients. But the rate of hospitalizations almost doubled from 13.7 per 100,000 the previous week to 22.7 per 100,000, he said.

In the past week, the CDC has seen a spike in flu-related visits to doctors' offices that report to the CDC.

While flu shots are still available, Harding notes the importance of differentiating flu symptoms with what's commonly referred to as the stomach flu. Fewer than five of those deaths were children. Those deaths bring the total number of fatal pediatric flu cases to 20. Symptoms can include fever, cough, sore throat, stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue.

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"We have not seen an increase in flu activity this early in the winter in the past five years", said Department of Health Secretary Lynn Gallagher in the NMDOH's January 4 report.

If you have not gotten a flu shot yet, do not wait any longer!

"This is not a live vaccine, so you can never get it", he said.

That was the pattern during the last heavy H3N2 years, which saw a rapid drop-off in the following weeks, which is what Jernigan said he expects. It's not yet known how effective the vaccine is for this season. Jennifer Burrough and her family didn't get flu shots this year after hearing reports that suggested it might not work very well this season.

In all, 218 people died during the 2016-17 flu season, most occurring from mid-February through mid-April.

CHOA is now under visitor restrictions to protect patients from the cold and flu season, a spokeswoman said.

Bennett, the Maine CDC epidemiologist, said that older populations are more at risk, especially those in long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes or assisted living centers.

Understand that people are generally the most contagious 24 hours before they start having symptoms and during the time they have the most symptoms. "We've clearly based the baseline in November and we're at the peak of it now". "We don't have a crystal ball". However, about 40 percent of the cases were for influenza B, a less virulent strain.

"This is the first year the continental map of the United States is all one color, meaning widespread activity", said Dan Jernigan, MD, MPH, director of the influenza division at the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

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