Flu cases on the rise in Hays County

  • Flu cases on the rise in Hays County

Flu cases on the rise in Hays County

Riley says Charlotte County schools offer free flu shots to kids at in-school clinics with the parents consent.

Schneider also said that this year happens to be the 100-year anniversary of the Spanish Flu Pandemic that killed 20 to 50 million people worldwide.

Officials say this will be a "very substantial influenza season", with the bug being especially bad in California where 27 deaths are linked to it.

Five more flu-related deaths have been reported in Dallas County, bringing the total to 23 this flu season, health officials announced Wednesday evening.

Around this time of year, it seems like everyone is getting sick - and while that's a normal thing for flu season, the number of people getting sick and staying in the hospital this season is anything but. As well, not all provinces and territories keep track of hospitalizations due to influenza.

Arizona Department of Health Services reported 7,978 cases of influenza, including 2,453 cases in the last week of December, the highest number since it began tracking the virus. "So probably in the next few weeks, we're going to continue to see increased activity".

"But you really don't know the peak until you're coming down the other side", she said.

Fairfield County Health Department communicable disease nurse Tiffany Nash did not have access to actual case numbers in the county. "This year the vaccine is not as effective as in years past".

Last week it reported that as of December 30, there have been 13 reported cases of influenza-related intensive care unit admission.

"This season is a mirrored reflection of 2013-2014, which was one of the more serious flu seasons of the past decade". If you do get the flu, then the flu shot can reduce the severity of your illness. But, the CDC has already reported 13 pediatric deaths in the United States from influenza....so the illness can cut across all ages. Both are indicated by coughing and a runny nose, but the flu is separated by headaches, chills, a possible fever and extreme fatigue.

"The flu strain is different every year", she said.

De Lota said there are varying reasons why patients don't get the vaccine.

Schneider said the key to surviving the flu season without getting ill is to wash hands often, get the flu vaccine and exercise isolation from the public when you are sick with the flu.