Flu season peaks but not over; shot effective this year

by Noah Mcgee January 27, 2019, 0:33
Flu season peaks but not over; shot effective this year

That's the message from B.C.'s top doctor as flu season continues, and this one has hit a bit differently than in years past.

Dr. William Schaffner, medical director for the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, said that those who get the flu after receiving a vaccine are less likely to require hospitalization and they're less likely to die.

A simple flu shot is an easy way to prevent catching the nasty virus, and it can be easily found, but health officials say many aren't taking the time to get protected.

The Health Department says you can get a flu shot up until spring and you shouldn't need another until next winter.

The department of health defines a flu-related death as a "death resulting from a clinically compatible illness that was confirmed to be influenza by an appropriate laboratory or rapid diagnostic test with no period of complete recovery between the illness and death".

Flu activity increased over the past week, squelching hopes of an early peak and leading at least 12 states to shut down some schools.

Henry admits the flu shot is not ideal by any means, but says it's certainly the best protection.

Some experts said the nationwide death toll in the 2017-2018 season - 79,400 - was second only to the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic.

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Sixty-one counties in New York reported confirmed cases of influenza over the past week, including every county in the Hudson Valley, according to the New York State Health Department.

"We're seeing three times the number of children compared to a year ago", Waters said.

Needless to say, many of us prefer to rely on "natural" remedies and avoid any side effects from prescription medicines in any health concern.

Seasonal flu signs and symptoms include sudden onset of fever, cough (usually dry), headache, muscle and joint pain, severe malaise (feeling unwell), sore throat and a runny nose.

"The flu can be a serious illness", she said.

Individuals who are very young, very old or pregnant or whose immune systems are compromised are most vulnerable to becoming seriously ill from influenza.

It is not too late for Iowans to receive a flu shot if they have not already done so, Pedati said.

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