Halton Could Have a Potentially Deadly Flu Outbreak

Couple suffering with flu symptoms stock image

Couple suffering with flu symptoms stock image

"We offer our deepest sympathies to the individual's loved ones". Australia, that US general health authorities follow closely in their flu calling in a part as its own winter months is our summertime, reported a record-high variety of confirmed flu cases in 2017. It's much more severe than sniffles and a cough.

Dr. James Watt, chief of the state's division of communicable disease control, said flu season began about a month earlier than usual and it's too soon to know if it will peak sooner or get worse.

Part of the reason why the outbreak is particularly bad this time around is because the vaccine administered this season is not very effective.

The Public Health Agency of Canada estimates that in a given year there is an average of 12,200 hospitalizations related to influenza and approximately 3,500 deaths attributable to influenza. "Once we started seeing the first cases which was a couple of weeks ago, every single day after we see five, ten cases", said nurse practictioner Jill Goldberg.

Speaking to the Evening Standard he said: "There's no need to panic and for the most of us - symptoms of flu should clear up in about a week". Vaccination is still the best protection to protect ourselves, our families, and our community from the flu. While it is not 100 percent effective against the flu, the vaccine still reduces the severity of the illness.

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In the United States, the vaccine's overall effectiveness was 39 percent last flu season, which the CDC says is a better indicator of the effectiveness this year than the Australian estimate.

The CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend annual flu vaccinations for everyone age 6 months and older.

Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in young children than in adults.

In preparation for a possible bout of so-called French flu, NHS workers have been advised to get the flu jab to prevent them from falling ill, the Sunday Telegraph reported. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based rub. Getting the simple shot can help increase your chances of staying healthy and avoid getting others sick. Germs spread this way.

Cover your coughs and sneezes. In the Bay State and in 45 other states, the geographic distribution of flu-like illness has been labeled "widespread".

Flu vaccines are still available in Solano County and it is not too late to get vaccinated. Influenza frequently leads to pneumonia that can be prevented by the pneumococcal vaccine. That information, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, doesn't come until later in the season, Person said.

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