Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

McLennan County sees spike in flu cases

McLennan County sees spike in flu cases McLennan County sees spike in flu cases
Isabel Fisher | 22 December, 2017, 01:20

Public health officials report an increase in the number of respiratory and gastrointestinal illnesses at long-term care facilities and local schools this year. "We're seeing an increase in our flu cases, so that is a concern".

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that everyone over the age of six months get an influenza vaccine before the holidays.

If people do get sick after a shot, the CDC said it could be because the protection doesn't kick in for two weeks from the time of injection, a time when a person is vulnerable. "So if you're traveling to another part of the US where there's a flu outbreak, the close proximity to people will contribute to the virus being transmitted".

Peterson Health officials said if a person feels afraid of getting the flu shot itself, they should try to get past that and get the vaccine. "It is actually even thought that those who receive the flu vaccine, even if you are exposed to influenza, it may temporize the disease to a certain extent".

"Pregnant women and their young infants are at high risk for serious complications from the flu", said Dr. Clint Koenig, Medical Director of the Ohio Department of Health. "What compounds it is why we always push people to get the flu shots before the Thanksgiving holiday - it's really the travel to those areas where there are flu outbreaks. I certainly wouldn't put others at risk", that individual said. "If you have guests, limit contact".

Burton said that's not good for avoiding flu and infections, as the germs from the facial tissue are transferred to the inside of the pocket or the sleeve, and can be picked up again by touching those places afterwards.


If 10 tips are too many, Grant said to keep it simple with the "three C's."

Government officials contend the viruses in flu shots are killed during the production of a vaccine, which means they can not cause infection.

While there are many new ideas for designing a universal influenza vaccine, it will take years to develop one. "Symptoms include a fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, cough, and/or sore throat".

Children may experience nausea and vomiting.

Consider over-the-counter medications. For example nasal decongestants can help unclog a stuffy nose; and antihistamines stop sneezing. She has worked at Peterson Health for about one year.

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