Rise in flu cases means more hospital patients, but also more costs

Rise in flu cases means more hospital patients, but also more costs

Nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's FluView noted the number of states reporting widespread flu activity jumped from 23 to 36 for the week ending December 23, the latest report available.

Two weeks since the state health commissioner declared flu prevalent in NY, reports of the serious virus has spiked significantly, with rates of illness in the Capital Region among the highest in the state. That's partially because flu vaccines tend to be less effective against H3N2 compared to other strains of the virus.

"This death is a sad reminder that flu can be deadly, especially for people at risk for severe disease", Dr. Julie Vaishampayan, Stanislaus County Public Health Officer, said in a news release.

Should a person develop flu symptoms, Crawford said it is imperative to see a doctor within the first two days. Common symptoms include fever and chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle and body aches, headaches and fatigue.

The very young and the very old; if a child younger than 2 months has a temperature that lasts 2 days or more, isn't eating well, is fussy and can't be soothed, or has a odd new rash, call your doctor or go to the Emergency Room immediately.

Modi said it is too early to tell if the proper flu strain was vaccinated against because the flu season is just starting.

¯ Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

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"These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby", the CDC reports.

Although November is the best time to get vaccinated, there is still time to get the flu shot also.

Flu shots are available at many locations, including the Vigo County Health Department.

So far, 512 flu-related hospitalizations have been reported to the CDC this year.

People who are immunochallenged will suffer the worst, Killingsworth said. Since it takes up to two weeks after vaccination for full immunity to take effect, anyone who has not already been vaccinated should do so now.

Only with this mutated strain the symptoms are much more severe, and if it persists for longer than a week, it's potentially Aussie Flu. Pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus and ear infections are examples of complications from flu.

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