Flu Season 2018: How to Identify Flu from Colds

Ebony Scott
February 8, 2018

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services recently confirmed the first influenza-associated pediatric death of the 2017-2018 flu season.

Schuchat said the flu season is expected to last for several more weeks and urges people to get vaccinated.

Medical professionals do say that those who have had sever allergic reactions to the flu shot in the past should not get it again, however.

"Flu is incredibly complex and hard to predict and this season is a somber reminder of why flu is one of the world's greatest public health challenges, said Dr. Anne Schuchat, the principle deputy director at the CDC, in a teleconference briefing".

For more information on flu prevention, when to call a doctor and facts, visit the CDC Website and the UNM Health Sciences webpage.

If you still haven't gotten vaccinated during this brutal flu season, you still have time to protect yourself.

In a typical year, the flu kills around 36,000 people in the USA, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Anyone can get the flu year round, although flu activity tends to be the highest from December-March.

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"These numbers under score how infectious influenza really is", said Dr. Amesh Adalja, a senior scholar at Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and a Pittsburgh physician.

At the beginning of the year, the Department of Health reported that flu activity has increased around New Mexico-double what it was last year.

Visitors exhibiting flu symptoms - including fever, runny nose, cough or sore throat - are not permitted to visit patients in any UM Shore Regional Health facility. It also takes the shots about two weeks to become effective.

Officials of Aurora, Illinois, close a Catholic school, while those of Atlanta, Georgia, and NY recommended citizens to wear masks, to use germicide sprays to clean their hands and to avoid crowdy spaces.

The CDC recommends frequent hand washing and covering one's mouth during a cough or sneeze to help prevent the spread of the flu.

While flu can make anyone sick, the following people are at greater risk for serious complications.

Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

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