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Vermont health officials say flu season could last several more months

15 Января 2018

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports influenza activity has spread to 46 USA states.

In Minnesota the flu season is nearing its peak with over 1700 flu-related hospitalizations, 55 outbreaks at nursing homes and 43 schools in the last week.

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.

Levine says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports flu activity is "widespread" in every state but Hawaii.

The advice from Werker, Shahab and others is to stay home when you're sick, cough into your sleeve and always wash your hands.

"All indications show that we are in the midst of the most intense weeks of flu season", DCHHS Interim Director Ganesh Shivamaiyer said in a press release.

Have you got a fever, a cough or a sore throat? The most vulnerable are the very old and very young and also those who have weakened immune systems.

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

In Arizona, there are more than 11,000 confirmed flu cases. and likely thousands of others that are not confirmed.

The flu vaccine is still available. Almost 6,500 people have been hospitalized since the season started in October.

Pleasant Valley Hospital has seen a significant increase in patients with flu-related symptoms. If you start on anti-viral medications within a day or two of when your symptoms start, your risk of serious disease, hospitalization and even death can be significantly reduced. We have more than 1,000 people that have tested positive for influenza, and we also have fifteen deaths so far in CT. There has been some talk about the vaccine not being that effective this year.

If you do get the flu, it's prudent to see a doctor within 48 hours, according to Berg.

That being said, the best way to protect against the flu is to get the vaccine.

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Vermont health officials say flu season could last several more months