Why this year's flu season may be especially risky

Why this year's flu season may be especially risky

Why this year's flu season may be especially risky

The Ohio Department of Health is reporting the state's first pediatric flu death of the 2017-18 flu season, a 4-year-old boy from Montgomery County.

White County Public Health nurse Marsha Oilar said a 91-year-old man from Reynolds, Indiana has died because of the virus.

An "unusual" flu season that has already caused a few deaths and several hospitalizations is about to peak across Canada over the next few weeks, or even sooner, experts say.

Healthy lifestyle habits can also protect you from seasonal illness. Children and patients with severe immunosuppression may spread the flu for over a week.

There were 1,750 new flu-associated hospitalizations in OH during the first week of January. "It's about 30% effective but it's still the best thing that we have". That means washing hands, covering mouths and staying home from school or work as to not expose others, Johnson said.

On social media, Medical City Lewisville educated the public on how to differentiate between the common cold, also normal in the winter weather, and the more serious flu virus.

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It said, in case of mild fever with sore throat with or without bodyache, headache, diarrhoea and vomiting, the patient neither requires Oseltamivir nor testing. Flu vaccination is available at most healthcare providers' offices, local health departments and retail pharmacies.

During December, the hospital saw 52 out of 229 tests indicate a positive presence of influenza...a rate of 23%. Two strains of the virus are affecting the population - the dominant and more severe influenza A strain (H3N2) which mostly impacts the elderly, and an influenza B/Yamagata strain which affects both adults and children. Wischmeier says the good news is that the incidence of flu has since slowed down, locally.

"If you have the vaccine and you contract the flu, your symptoms are less than if you did not get the vaccine", Dr. Cannon said.

Let your doctor know right away if you have symptoms suggestive of the flu during flu season.

According to state data, previous year three people had died in influenza, but by the end of the February, it had taken 68 lives in California.

Complications of flu can include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma or diabetes. "People are bad about coughing into their hands and then they don't wash their hands, and then, of course, we transmit the flu".

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