Typical flu season so far: Saskatchewan health officials

Ebony Scott
January 12, 2018

In Greater Williamsburg, about 80 percent of the cases have been a less severe strain of flu called "H1", Berg said. Austin's emergency rooms have also seen an influx of flu patients.

"Influenza is a significant threat to public health, and we are strongly encouraging anyone who has not already gotten the flu vaccine to get one immediately", New York State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Zucker said. "I wouldn't interfere with [anyone] taking them, because we don't know everything, but personally, I wouldn't spend a lot of money on things that haven't been shown to shorten the duration". It's never too late, they say, as hospitals prepare to see flu cases well into the month of May.

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Flu seasons with H3N2 as the dominant strain have been associated with more hospitalizations and deaths in adults 65 years and older and young children compared to other age groups.

Across town on Sunday, Methodist Dallas Medical Center rerouted non-emergency ambulance patients to different area facilities in order to take care of "emergency patients like trauma, stroke, and sexual assault" due to the lack of bed availability from flu patients.

Parkland Hospital in Dallas has seen nearly 1,000 people coming to their emergency department seeking treatment.

Further compounding the issue is this year's flu shot.

There were jokes from the media that Werker was taking questions instead of her colleague Doctor Saqib Shahab, the province's chief medical health officer, who was home sick.

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The non-profit immunization group recently received a shipment of over 2,000 flu vaccines for adults, and has an additional stockpile reserved exclusively for children who do not have health insurance or can not otherwise afford the vaccine.

Increased flu activity has been reported in 44 of Alabama's 67 counties, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health's influenza surveillance map.

Last week's survey ranked Iowa second nationwide in terms of flu activity. The flu activity is tracked by retail prescription data used to treat the flu from nationwide Walgreens. "They don't have the immunity, they have not been previously exposed to that virus".

If you get the flu, stay home and rest so you don't spread it to other people.

Around 20,000 people with flu and other respiratory viruses swamped GP surgeries last week and while flu rates have risen they may have peaked, the HSE said.

"For those individuals, the symptoms can progress pretty fast", Lakey said.

That being said, the best way to protect against the flu is to get the vaccine.

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