January 19, 2019

Confirmed cases of flu rising across NY state

29 December 2018, 05:07 | Rodolfo Wallace

U.S. Influenza Vaccines

U.S. Influenza Vaccines

And, if a student did not get a flu shot during 2018, the child will not be able to attend public school in CT for the duration of influenza season (March 31st) or until they receive at least one dose of the influenza vaccine.

Counties with the highest number of reported hospitalizations from September 30-Dec.

Based on laboratory comparisons between the form of H1N1 virus built into the vaccine and the form of the virus that has actually emerged as the dominant strain, "the vaccine component this season appears to be a good match against the H1N1 viruses that are predominantly circulating in Canada", Maddison said.

A year ago at this time, just 2,400 flu cases had been confirmed and only 26 of those were children.

The Marquette County Health Department Clinic usually does flu shots by appointments.

Mesa County Public Health has started a new online data tracker for flu statistics, and it's open to the public.

New York City and nine states (Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, New Jersey, South Carolina, and Virginia) experienced moderate activity, according to the latest numbers.

State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said, "We strongly encourage anyone who has not yet gotten the flu vaccine to get one immediately to combat this significant threat to public health". Flu is different from a cold and usually comes on suddenly.

Figures released by the Public Health Agency of Canada's FluWatch report show that more than three times as many children have been hospitalized across the country compared to this time previous year. According to the World health Organization (WHO), 2017, Influenza virus is transmitted primarily by respiratory secretions or droplets of the infected person. People with the flu are infectious for up to 7 days after symptoms begin.

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Doctors said the best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu shot.

DPH says that an average of 20,000 children younger than 5 years old are hospitalized because of flu complication, and the requirement is to help reduce the risk.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is urging flu vaccinations for all New Yorkers six months of age and older.

The more people who get vaccinated, the more hard it is for influenza to spread through communities.

You may be able to pass on flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick.

Respiratory illnesses, including the flu, have hospitals such as CHU Sainte-Justine in Montreal working overtime.

There are a couple of possible reasons for the increased number of hospitalizations among children this year, said Anna Maddison, a spokesperson for the Public Health Agency of Canada, in an email to CBC News.

Educate employees about the importance of regular hand washing.

Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing - throw the tissue out right afterwards.

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