Providence hospitals taking precautions after uptick in flu cases

Providence hospitals taking precautions after uptick in flu cases

"If you haven't had your flu shot yet, you should run, not walk, to go get your flu shot", said Dr. Kolawole Bankole, director/administrator of Portland Public Health.

"That is why the Camden County Department of Health and Human Services wants you to know that it's not too late to get your flu shot". "If you have not been vaccinated yet this season, you can still get your flu shot now". Parents should keep their sick children at home so they do not spread the flu to others.

Last season at that point, 11,275 cases of lab-confirmed flu had been reported.

According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, nearly every county in the state is reporting significant flu activity.

A total of 13 children have died so far this flu season.

Although flu cases are climbing, the numbers are still well behind those reported at this time past year, when the nation was in the midst of one of its most severe flu seasons on record.

His research group is one of six teams across the country that partner with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to monitor the effectiveness of the flu vaccine and help inform which strains are included in the vaccine each year.

It's impossible to predict, but we don't think last year's flu season is going to repeat itself.

According to the GCPH website, persons should check with their doctor before receiving a flu vaccine if they're allergic or sensitive to eggs or have had a severe reaction to a previous flu vaccine. "Flu activity can last until April or May and the flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and others around you from influenza".

Three of those deaths have been unvaccinated children under the age of five.

Moore said physicians at CHEO are seeing cases of RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) and other viruses as well as some flu. Vaccination has been shown to have many benefits including reducing the risk of flu illnesses, hospitalizations and even the risk of flu-related death in children.

If you get the flu, your doctor may prescribe antiviral drugs to treat your flu symptoms. Fourteen percent said they were planning to get a flu shot but had not done so yet. That year, Clark County didn't enter active flu season until the end of January, and stayed above the 10 percent threshold until spring. She said one of the common reasons she hears is because people believe the flu shot can give them the flu.

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