Health officials say flu season continues to get worse, and there are weeks of suffering ahead.
"We are seeing a little bit of a decline over the last week or two in total numbers of people coming in with the flu but there is still a lot", said Glenn Williams, Medical Director of Urgent Care at Ohio Health. As of late Friday afternoon, the flu had killed 53 children in the US this season.
Flu activity is now widespread in 48 states and Puerto Rico, according to the CDC's most recent weekly report. "It's not too late to get a flu shot if you haven't already". "If I offered you, for instance, a $15 intervention that would reduce your chance of getting in a vehicle accident by 20 per cent, you'd take it in a heartbeat".
The Center for Disease Control said this severe flu season is showing little signs of slowing down.
Because of this fact, pregnant women in particular should do everything they can to stave off the flu and should be informed about the symptoms they may develop and what to do if they do contract the virus this season.
Chi-ches-ter's Pharmacy in Macon has more than 100 boxes of adult Tamiflu right now, as well as some children's Tamiflu, said pharmacist Cleo Bennette.
Pakistan's neighbor, China, has also been battling a flu outbreak this winter. "Even if this is the case, it is still important to visit a provider so you can rule out influenza and learn about over-the-counter as well as self-care options like staying hydrated and resting that will get you back to optimal health as soon as possible". Sneezing and hacking around this time of year simply becomes background music in many classes. Wash your hands regularly, cough into the crook of your elbow, throw your tissues into the trash - and get vaccinated.
While healthy people - including children - can recover from the flu without problems sometimes, your body may not be able to fight off the flu on its own.
"We're talking about as of now, our emergency department has seen about 150 children with flu-like symptoms every day", Dr. Banu Kumar, oh Children's Hospital of MI said. The H3N2 strain, which is believed to have mutated, is particularly virulent and associated with more adverse outcomes.
The heavy flu season has also put a strain in places on some medical supplies, including IV bags, and flu medicine. Remember, aspirin and aspirin-containing products should not be given to children or adolescents who have flu-like symptoms, unless instructed by a physician to be given for other medical reasons. Catching these characteristics early, drink plenty of fluids and get well-needed rest.
A humidifier in your child's room can help break up nasal and chest congestion. But despite this information, many students are opting out of flu shots. The department does not track individual flu cases, only flu deaths.