Thursday, 24 January, 2019

Kentucky now reporting 'widespread' flu activity; numbers worse than last season

First case of flu confirmed in the city Cerro Gordo County reporting multiple cases of the flu
Celia Hoffman | 04 January, 2019, 19:11

According to the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public health, there are now five confirmed cases in the county.

Some, like Michael Cohen of Sussex County says he previously resisted the flu shot, but is happy he got one.

According to figures provided by the department, which cover the period between Sunday and Thursday, six of the adults who died were aged 65 or over, while the seventh was over 50, while 84 per cent of the severe cases are related to influenza A (H1). Among these cases the majority of infections have been caused by the influenza A virus.

"Part of the problem with the flu is potential complications, not necessarily will it always turn into something else, but it can turn into pneumonia, it can turn into other things", said Dr. Bettina Rodriguez, WellSpan Health. Overall, influenza is considered more intense than the common cold.

He urged the public, especially children and the elderly, to get vaccinated as soon as possible as it usually took around two weeks for the body to develop antibodies after vaccination.

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This year the majority of flu vaccines being offered in the community protect against two strains of influenza A and two strains of influenza B.

Despite the early start to the flu season, health officials are still encouraging people to get vaccinated to protect both themselves and the vulnerable. Frequent handwashing and covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or a sleeve can also reduce the spread of disease.

Influenza is a highly contagious respiratory virus that can cause fever, cough, muscle aches, and fatigue.

The flu vaccine is available at many locations throughout the community, including local pharmacies and the offices of health-care providers. Children can also have mild stomach upset due to influenza. Symptoms of the flu include fever, headache, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, and the chills. In addition, Public Health offers the vaccine at many of its locations by appointment.

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