Limited Visitations At Hospitals In Springfield Due To Flu

30 December, 2017, 00:07 | Author: Darrell Lopez
  • Limited Visitations At Hospitals In Springfield Due To Flu

The Arkansas Department of Health classifies October as the beginning of flu season, with cases normally peaking between December and March, Mirivel said.

On Dec. 27, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a health advisory regarding the increased prevalence of Influenza A (H3N2) along with prevention and treatment recommendations.

Health and Human Services officials in Boone and Cole counties confirm that cases of the flu continue to rise as the year ends. The fifth patient was an 81-year-old resident of Irving. Individuals should discuss flu vaccine concerns with a health care provider. That's up from 84 cases reported during the previous week.

"The number of flu cases that were reported last week is the highest in a single week that we have seen in recent years", said Sayone Thihalolipavan, MD, San Diego County's deputy public health officer.

Symptoms of flu include: fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, headaches, and fatigue.




You can find information on preventing and treating the flu here.

H3N2 "tends to be the strain of virus that most impacts the elderly, that causes the most complications, and up until this point the vaccine results have been quite disappointing", said Dr. "People become protected about two weeks after receiving the vaccine", said Dr. Taylor.

The ADPH suggests that everyone 6 months and older receive the "quadrivalent vaccine", the flu vaccine that protects against four influenza strains, because one of the strains in circulation in Alabama (Type B/Yamagata) is only included in the quadrivalent vaccine.

If you do get the flu, or just don't feel well, stay home to avoid making others sick.

Since October, nearly 3,500 vaccines have been given at 25 different flu vaccination clinics throughout the city, including a drive-through vaccination clinic.

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