Flu season: 'It's still not getting any better out there'

Police in Seattle wearing masks made by the Red Cross during the influenza epidemic December 1918

Police in Seattle wearing masks made by the Red Cross during the influenza epidemic December 1918

The WHO will look at vaccine effectiveness rates from Canada and Australia, as well as those from Europe and the United States, which have not yet been reported.

With the previous record now broken, "we fear this year might be even worse than 2014 to 2015", Schuchat said in a telephone interview.

"We're talking about as of now, our emergency department has seen about 150 children with flu-like symptoms every day", Dr. Banu Kumar, oh Children's Hospital of MI said.

"Phones are a great breeding ground for bacteria".

Mike Iteogu, a pharmacist and owner of Mike's Medical Pharmacy in Macon, said his store also stocked up on Tamiflu in anticipation.

The Ogle County Health Department confirmed one flu-related death was reported Wednesday. Photo courtesy of Flickr user KOMUnews.

"We are not out of the woods yet, but there are steps everyone can take to fight the flu", she said, including staying home when you are sick, covering your coughs and frequently washing your hands.

The flu vaccine doesn't guarantee that you won't catch the virus; its efficacy varies from year to year.

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Surge capacity was discussed during a Senate health committee hearing last month, when Dr. Tom Inglesby, director of the Center for Health Security at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, told lawmakers that the nation's hospital system doesn't have the capacity to handle a large-scale flu epidemic. AP is the largest and most trusted source of independent news and information.

We're in the middle of flu season, but it's never too late to protect yourself and those around you. This is "a result of flu hitting everywhere all at once", she said. For the 2017-2018 season, the influenza surveillance season began on October 1, 2017, and will run through May 19, 2018.

This year's flu season had an early start, and health officials initially thought it would also have an early peak. "I also don't know what's in the flu shot, either".

According to the university's Student Wellness Services, CCSU will not be providing flu shots or flu tests in 2018 and "must refer to local pharmacies or a personal physician". Pharmacies are able to administer the flu shot now, with CVS and Walgreens as some of the quickest and cheapest locations to get this done.

Pike County is faring better than many Pennsylvania counties so far, with 43 confirmed cases of influenza, or one case in 1,320. It can help reduce symptoms and shorten the duration of your illness.

Offer plenty of fluids to help prevent dehydration - soft fruits, blended frozen juice drinks, and ice pops can also be given if your child gets exhausted of water. Tylenol and Advil are recommended to keep flu-like symptoms under control.

As to severe epidemics, US experts further suggest the public stay about 1.8 meters away from anyone with influenza.

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