Pima County flu cases 7x what they were this time a year ago

Toni Houston
December 13, 2017

Regionally, Shelton said, not all the numbers are in regarding flu, but some increase in cases has been observed. Although the flu virus typically peaks between December and February in the US, past year was one of the latest peaks on record and did not occur until mid-March.

Statewide, there have been five confirmed flu-related deaths, but none in Yakima County, Sixberry said.

You dont have to have flu symptoms to be passing the illness on to people around you who are at high risk for complications leading to hospitalization or death: young children, the elderly, pregnant women and those with chronic conditions. Australia had a late flu season with mostly an H3N2 strain. Because influenza and other viruses are easily spread where groups of people gather together, it is important to do your part to keep everyone around you healthy.

"Everyone should get a flu shot each and every year".

The low effectives reports making headlines is based off of other countries, like Australia, that have already experience their flu season. The current flu vaccines offer protection against pandemic H1N1, as well as influenza A H3N2 and influenza B strains.

"Public Health England should be working with local authorities and local health services to ensure more hospital beds are freed up".

In a report released last week, the state's Department of Public Health said an individual older than 65 died from the flu.

Still, Rigler said the best defense is a flu shot - even now.

"Historically, when this is the dominant strain that we're seeing, we tend to have a heavier flu season".

One of the best ways to prevent spreading the flu, aside from vaccination, is to recognize its symptoms and treat yourself at home.

MedExpress Urgent Care, which has 19 offices in Virginia, including one in Marion and another in Bluefield, Va., reported "seeing higher-than-usual rates of flu-like illnesses, especially in Virginia". Since Oct. 1, Mountain States hospitals have recorded 80 positive flu cases. But in light of the spike and flu cases this year, how close are they?

Influenza vaccines, also known as flu shots, are vaccines that protect against influenza.

"I think that just reflects who gets swabbed", Shahab said. In a good year, people who get vaccinated are 60% less likely to get sick, but in most recent years, the protection has been worse. As health officials rushed to contain the outbreak, the CDC admitted that the 2014 flu vaccine did not protect well against H3N2 - it had just seven percent chance of protection.

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