Flu season gets boost during holiday week

  • Flu season gets boost during holiday week

Flu season gets boost during holiday week

"So if you've been exposed to the flu and you start coming down with symptoms, then get to your health care professional and get a prescription". According to the report, flu activity indicators are higher than is typically seen for this time of year.

"My feeling is, probably, we have not peaked yet", he said.

Flu is a contagious respiratory illness that includes such symptoms as fever, body aches, cough, sore throat and runny or stuffy nose. It can cause mild to severe illness and can lead to hospitalization and death.

The 12 states with widespread activity are Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Virginia, and Wisconsin. The peak of flu season has not hit yet.

Flu is widespread in Arizona, with 2,629 more cases reported than this time previous year, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

A statewide report for the week ending December 16 shows 350 cases of lab-confirmed flu since autumn, when the state started its surveillance report. This year's flu arrival is "eerily similar" to last year, said Dr.

"So far, what we're seeing is a significant ramp-up", he said.

Sometimes patients may be exposed to the flu or other virus before receiving the vaccine, which can take up to two weeks to become fully effective. For example, people with asthma may experience asthma attacks while they have the flu, and people with chronic congestive heart failure may experience worsening of this condition that is triggered by the flu.

It's the first time more than 1,000 influenza cases were seen in the county in a single week, and is about four times more than the week before, according to Dr. Sayone Thihalolipavan, the county deputy public health officer.

A spike in flu cases during the holidays is not unusual. It's already been used in Australia, because they're on a different season.

As is expected, there are many differing views on the effectiveness of flu vaccines. In many cases, new virus strains can emerge throughout the season, so it is important to get vaccinated annually.

Using a computer program to predict how well the current seasonal flu vaccine might protect against circulating strains, the report's authors found that the vaccine is a better match to most of the H3N2 viruses prevalent so far in the United States this season.

"The reason for this is twofold".