But leaving to limit the potential exposure of coworkers is one of the very steps he routinely advises the public to take during flu season.
The H3N2 Flu is a subtype of influenza A. This type of strain has been known to be particularly severe according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
In Maine, the number of hospitalizations increased by 53 last week, with 10 new outbreaks, according to a January 9 update from the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. These personal losses are a reminder for all of us that flu can be a serious illness, for young and old alike.
Harris said hospitals in almost half of Alabama counties are at 90 percent of their patient capacity. You may also see these symptoms with a cold, but doctors said they are more flu related.
Across the river, La Crosse County usually logs about 20 flu-related hospitalizations a season, but "this year, we are up quite a bit", said Jo Foellmi, a public health nurse with the La Crosse County Health Department.
Health officials are hopeful that this year's flu season is peaking - much the way it did in 2014-2015 - and that the number of people sickened will soon start to fall.
"Signs to look out for are fever, body aches, it comes on pretty quickly and then you had headache and runny nose", said Andrew Zurcher, nurse practitioner at CHI Health's Quick Care on 50th and O streets.
The new estimates use more recent data, taken from a larger and more diverse group of countries than previous estimates.
In studies in which the flu shot was considered ineffective, 1.1 percent of vaccinated people had the flu compared with 2.4 percent of unvaccinated people.
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The Free Press said 46 states have seen a rise in flu victims recently.
Kaiser Permanente doctors are now being advised to prescribe antiviral drugs such as Tamiflu - given as a pill or, for children, an oral suspension - even without a lab test for influenza, Bergen said.
Influenza viruses are constantly changing, with new strains appearing regularly.
"We continue to monitor the situation regarding elective surgical cancellations and assess the need on a day to day basis".
The outbreak has occurred earlier than in previous years and spiked in recent weeks; almost 60 percent of hospitalizations across the state have occurred since December 16.
One of the main problems is that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says this year's flu vaccine has only been about 10 percent effective. The vaccine effectiveness against the predominant H3N2 strain has been reported in the low 30 percentile range.
Those who get a flu shot and still contract the virus will most likely have less severe symptoms, experts say. "It's not too late".