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25 January 2018, 01:56 | Franklin Nunez
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"H3N2-predominant seasons have been associated with more severe illness especially among people older than 65 years and children", Pettit said. The CDC reporting over fourteen thousand new laboratory-confirmed cases just last week which brings the season total for the United States to just shy of 75 thousand -which doesn't include the many who nursed their sickness at home.
Fitzgerald conceded in a telephone interview that reports that the fluvaccine in Australia was only 10 percent effective may have caused people to think the vaccine would not be worth the trouble.
While you might be more anxious about the flu this year, in particular, Dr. Bouvier says that this year's flu season is not "completely out of the ordinary". but that still doesn't mean it's not concerning.
If, however, you have symptoms of flu and are in a high-risk group such as young children, people 65 and older, or pregnant women, or are very sick or anxious about your illness, contact your health care provider (doctor, physician assistant, etc.).
Studies have shown lack of sleep can make the flu vaccine less effective and trigger chronic health problems, such as diabetes and heart disease.
Dr. Anthony Fauci of the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland says in an interview with " The Columbus Dispatch", "We have to do better and by better, we mean a universal flu vaccine. "Also, please get your children vaccinated", said Fitzgerald, who also urges citizens "to take every advantage that you can to protect yourself".
"These case counts represent only a fraction of the actual burden of illness due to influenza occurring in the commonwealth at any given time", the website said.
"H3N2 seasons are notoriously taxing on the healthcare system and this H3N2 season is not any different", Amesh Adalja, a doctor at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security in Baltimore, told MedPage Today. "In general, the flu is worse than the common cold, and symptoms are more common and intense". According to the CDC, the "best way to reduce your risk of getting sick with seasonal flu and spreading it to others", is to get a flu shot. The cabinet is encouraging healthy individuals over 6 months old to get the flu vaccine.
Dr. David Rottinghaus, an emergency medicine specialist at Butler Memorial Hospital, said in a previous interview that this year's flu symptoms have appeared in the forms of fever, respiratory problems, muscle aches and sore throats.
Some Houston-area doctors are recommending those infected with the flu be isolated for four days until they are no longer contagious.
"We are not seeing it as much as everyone else", she said.
The state's heavy flu season appears to be loosening its grip on Colorado, according to data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
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