Flu season hits early, hard in Texas

Ray Weaver
January 11, 2018

There were 1,750 new flu-associated hospitalizations in OH during the first week of January.

In Dallas County, 18 flu-related deaths have been reported this season, according to WFAA. The Ohio Department of Health has confirmed this death.

Flu season has arrived across IL, with local health professionals concerned this year's virus strains including Influenza A may be severe.

Each year is different, but reported cases of the influenza virus usually peak in February.

The 2017-18 flu season in OH and nationally is looking similar to the 2014-15 flu season, which at the time was the most severe flu season in recent years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

"We've had a lot of emergency room visits with the flu, urgent care visits, increased clinic visits", said Dr.

KRMC saw 39 flu patients the week before Christmas, 78 the week after Christmas and 86 in the first week of the New Year, spokeswoman Teri Williams said.

People getting the flu from the vaccine is a misconception, de Lota said. "Recognizing the early symptoms of this disease and consulting your healthcare provider, so you can get on an antiviral medicine like Tamiflu or Relenza, is advice that could lessen the severity of the disease for you".

Symptoms of the flu include fever, headache, cough, runny or stuffy nose, fatigue and muscle aches. Anyone who has an influenza-like illness presenting with fever of more than 100 [degrees Fahrenheit] and sore throat could be suspected to have the flu.

Wischmeier says it's still worthwhile getting a flu shot, even though the season has been underway in full force.

"According to the latest data, the now circulating viruses in Hong Kong, including the influenza B and influenza A H1 and H3 viruses, were antigenically similar to the components of the northern hemisphere influenza vaccine adopted in the 2017-18 Government Vaccination Programme and Vaccination Subsidy Scheme", the spokesman said. "Get out there and get your flu shot".

Use a tissue to cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing; avoid using your hands, but if you do, immediately wash or use antibacterial cleanser to help prevent germs from spreading.

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.

It can take up to two weeks to build full immunity to influenza following a vaccination, so people should get shots immediately, the department said.

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