It is not too late to get the flu shot, for those who have not done so yet.
With the increase in influenza cases, Piedmont Healthcare officials say they have put safeguards in place to ensure the safety of its patients, visitors and staff and to prevent transmission of the flu. With the flu now in its peak season, experts at Auburn University's Harrison School of Pharmacy encourage people to take advantage of the vaccine.
Flu activity in ME is characterized by the Centers for Disease Control as local and minimal but the numbers are growing.
According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, nearly every county in the state is reporting significant flu activity.
The child, from the central region of the state, died in late December. "With the flu, it's much greater congestion, especially in your chest". According to the virologists, this year, H1N1 influenza strain is prevalent, threatening kids and young adults. "It's still low in Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and 22 of our 50 states, but that will change as the season progresses", Stephen Morse, PhD, a professor of epidemiology at the Columbia University Medical Center in NY, told Healthline. While the medical professionals are treating some influenza B, the strain of the virus physicians are seeing most is influenza A. The single best way to protect yourself against the flu is to get vaccinated.
Brannen said nine of the 13 reported flu cases were confirmed and four were suspected.
Those who are particularly vulnerable to complications from influenza include children younger than 5, adults older than 65, pregnant women, residents in nursing homes or other care facilities, and those with an underlying illness. Fourteen percent said they were planning to get a flu shot but had not done so yet.
If you get the flu, your doctor may prescribe antiviral drugs to treat your flu symptoms.
It can take a few days to about a week or two for flu symptoms to clear up but there are some more serious risks associated with the flu. This is why sometimes people are advised to get another flu shot in the later part of the influenza season.
The influenza immunization is recommended for everyone age 6 months and older (if there are no medical conditions that discourage it.) For those who absolutely can not tolerate hypodermic needles, there is a jet injector available which uses a high pressure narrow stream of vaccine to penetrate the skin using compressed gas or springs.
Nationwide, previous year about 49 million people in the US came down with influenza.
Even though H1N1 influenza strain is of the same category as the swine flu virus that caused the pandemic ten years ago, the virologists are not as concerned as they were a decade ago.