Flu cases on the rise in Alabama

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Rapid City Regional Hospital does not now have any restrictions on visitors.

Sporadic: Small numbers of laboratory-confirmed influenza cases or a single laboratory-confirmed influenza outbreak has been reported, but there is no increase in cases of ILI.

She says the gene gun doesn't hurt at all, because the particles are too small for your skin to feel. "That means that the actual number of cases is probably much higher." said Campbell. It is especially important for pregnant women and others at high risk for complications.

CDC has issued a health advisory warning of increased influenza A (H3N2) activity around the United States and its clinical implications.

"Typically in years when the predominant strain is H3N2, there are more hospitalizations, more severe disease and people tend to get sicker", Dr. Michael Ison, a professor of infectious disease and organ transplantation at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, told NBC News.

This year it is Type A, affecting more than 700 people across the state during Week 51 alone (which measures from December 17-23).

No visitors with influenza-like illness, fever or a cough.

Schaffner said, "No matter what the dominant strain is, there are other strains out there that produce influenza and the vaccine is often very good at protecting against those". Of the nine deaths, one was ages 5 to 24; four were ages 50-64 and four were 65 or older.

Dr. Ifeoma Achebe, medical officer of health with AHS Central Zone, said there were only four flu-related deaths this time previous year in Alberta, 1,026 cases, and 259 in hospital.

Flu cases on the rise in Alabama
Flu cases on the rise in Alabama

Something similar happened a few years ago. "It's just as high up there as a vaccine".

For people who get the flu, he said, the best thing to do is to go see a health professional who can prescribe medication to help.

¯ Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth.

Besides getting a flu shot, ways to prevent the flu include getting enough sleep, washing your hands regularly, and staying well hydrated.

People who are immunochallenged will suffer the worst, Killingsworth said.

Influenza is an infection of the nose, throat, and lungs caused by a virus that is spread through the air.

Because the flu is a viral infection, antibiotic drugs are completely useless against this illness. The flu can be costly to both providers and patients. The most vulnerable groups to contract the disease remain the elderly, children, and those with compromised immune systems, who also happen to be the groups who might be least likely to vaccinate or be able to vaccinate. Usually, a flu fever will last from three to five days. If not treated early, it can lead to tissue damage, organ failure and death.

Health officials recommend getting vaccinated against the flu nonetheless.

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