Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

What To Know About The Flu Virus As Season Ramps Up

What To Know About The Flu Virus As Season Ramps Up

For the week ending December 30, a little over 13 people per 100,000 were hospitalized for complications related to the flu and that since the start of the season, cases have "increased sharply".

She also recommends people get the flu vaccine, which is available at any of Trinity's three walk-in vaccination sites at Trinity Health South Ridge, 1500 24th Ave.

"(People) tend to congregate indoors, not go outside.

On Monday, The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority announced dozens of elective surgeries would be cancelled to accommodate influenza patients.

The Sun has reported that figures from Public Health England show 1'649 people were stuck down with "Aussie Flu" over the Christmas week and at least 73 have already been admitted to hospital. In the first week of 2018 alone, 425 new cases were reported from 38 counties.

Per the CDC, any given flu season is formally considered an "epidemic" when the proportion of people who've died from the flu, expressed as a percentage of total people affected by the archaic, yet ever-changing influenza exceeds a CDC-set threshold using recent flu seasons' clinical datasets. For the first time in 13 years - for as long as they have been monitoring flu activity in this particular way - this is the first time we have seen nearly the same activity across the country. That was an increase from 36 states the previous week.

It's also more severe than most, according to the CDC.

"Type A, H3N2 seems to be the significant culprit", Honeycutt said.

Merritt notes that influenza is spread by droplets, which can spread the virus even before any symptoms begin, and a person can be infectious for up to two weeks afterward.

Flu usually clears up by itself after around a week or two, but it is advisable you take the steps above in order to alleviate any of the associated symptoms.


Practice good hand hygiene/wash your hands.

Alcohol based gels are the next best thing if you don't have access to soap and water.

As of 6am on Friday the 12th January, this was the current picture of reported flu-like cases across the UK.

"These deaths are a sad reminder that influenza hits the very young, very old and those with weakened immune systems especially hard", said State Epidemiologist and IDPH Medical Director, Dr. Patricia Quinlisk.

"Just remember, the best way to prevent influenza is to get a vaccine".

If this were a real vaccine, it would work most of the time.

Stacey Anderson of the DPHHS Communicable Disease Epidemiology section agrees.

The predominant strain of flu circulating in Georgia and around the country is influenza A (H3N2). To get a flu vaccine, check with your medical care provider.

Across the NHS, 59% of staff have had the vaccine but in some trusts less than 3 in 10 staff are protected.

Please avoid visiting unless you really need to, and if you have a flu-like illness please stay away from our wards in case the infection is spread to patients. "Take measures for comfort: medicine to reduce the fever and lots of fluid because dehydration is common".

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