Flu season at its worst since 2013

DOUG JORDAN FOR THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION- A nurse administers a flu vaccine to a patient. Healthcare providers recommend getting an annual flu vaccine to prevent the chances of contracting an influenza virus

The sound of a sneeze or cough may seem inconsequential but at the height of cold and flu season it could signal something more

And with bitterly cold weather bringing people to gather inside in crowded conditions, the flu season is raging. However, while pros state that the influenza season may possibly reach its summit, they alert it takes a lot of additional weeks to influenza task to really slow-down.

The CDC last month reported that the 2017-18 flu season was ramping up at a faster pace than last season. That's up slightly from 51 hospitalizations during the previous week.

Caroline Cornish, a Maine Medical Center spokeswoman, said the hospital has seen an increased number of flu cases in the emergency department this year, but not an unusual amount. The state agency didn't provide specific ages.

Nationwide, 20 pediatric deaths have been reported due to the flu this season, but the most recent pediatric deaths were the result of several influenza strains, not just the H3N2 strain.

"Sometimes, people will pop vitamin C for a week or longer and still feel sick, but when you get it intravenously, you'll literally, within a couple of hours, start to feel better". Across the country, more than 80 percent of cases this season involve a different, nastier strain, H3N2 - the same strain that plagued Australian during its flu season.

There was a 50% increase in the number of people admitted to hospital with the flu this week compared to the week before. "However, the vaccine showed very good protection against influenza B at 57 per cent".

Doctors also say research suggests that even if the vaccine doesn't prevent someone from getting the flu, it could help lessen the symptoms.

"We have not seen an increase in flu activity this early in the winter in the past five years", said Department of Health Secretary Lynn Gallagher in the NMDOH's January 4 report. Cleaning crews are now working overtime to sanitize the schools.

People with flu-like symptoms are not permitted to visit at Jackson.

Don't let the flu get to you. Data from the provincial report showed the vaccination rate in the province has climbed a measly 1% from 19%, but it's not too late. Flu season typically peaks December through February but can last until May, and it usually takes about two weeks for the shot's immunity to kick in. The A (H3N2) strain particularly affects older, more vulnerable age groups.

It has been proven to help decrease stress, which can prevent you from catching a bug in the first place.

As concern grows over the spread of the flu, we wanted to verify some claims. "That reduces your potential to spread the illness".

According to the NHS, flu symptoms may include a sudden fever, with a temperature of at least 38C, diarrhoea or stomach pain, and nausea and vomiting.

Alcohol based gels are the next best thing if you don't have access to soap and water.

Cover your nose and mouth with the crook of your arm when coughing or sneezing.

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