Pinal County officials: 8 have died from flu, more than 1000 cases

  • Pinal County officials: 8 have died from flu, more than 1000 cases

Pinal County officials: 8 have died from flu, more than 1000 cases

This comes as health officials continued their pleas for people to get a flu jab stating "it is not too late". The week ending December 30, 2017, saw 142 confirmed flu cases, an increase of 48 percent over the previous week.

The report is in line with what we've seen across the state and country: Influenza is spiking.

"If you're at high risk or have symptoms such as difficulty breathing, chest pain, dizziness, confusion, persistent vomiting, can not drink fluids, or have flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever or worse cough, seek emergency medical care immediately", Dr. Christ said. "And as that is coming down toward the end of February, that's when we start to see that peak of influenza B activity into the spring and later season". "Everywhere from babies to elderly are getting it".

The New York State Health Department has confirmed a child has died of complications from the flu. Dr. Kulish says if you can't control these symptoms at home, you should take a trip to the emergency room. During the entire 2016-17 flu season, just 1,109 cases were reported statewide.

There was also an extraordinary 50% increase in the flu hospitalisation rate, and a 65% increase in people fighting for their lives in intensive care with the virus.

"The health department does track school absenteeism due to flu-like symptoms", Ms. Hall said.

While this season's flu shots may not be geared for the strain of flu going around, the shot still will help people build antibodies to fight the flu, she said, adding that flu shots are based on the strongest strain of flu from the year before and often mutate from year to year.

Although flu seasons vary, influenza activity typically increases in October and can last as late as May. Over-the-counter medications like Tylenol or ibuprofen may reduce fever and alleviate some symptoms.

"Yes, there might be concerns about one of the four elements, but at the end of the day there's still the other three and still a significant benefit to be had by getting a flu shot, even now". While their research and work is generally very effective, sometimes an unexpected mutation in the virus can cause a vaccine to be less effective.

There were also 23 influenza outbreaks reported at long-term care facilities for the week ending January 6, more than have been reported for any week of the last two flu seasons.

For the first time, a cell-grown H3N2 vaccine reference virus was used to produce the H3N2 component of the cell-based vaccine, Flucelvax.

People who are suffering from a cold are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose.

"It's really important that as many eligible people as possible get their jab which is the best way to protect everyone from flu". Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. Disinfect surfaces that you touch frequently, which become a hotbed for germs.