Flu cases keep adding up in Missoula County

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Flu cases keep adding up in Missoula County

The good news is that 28 states (Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming) experienced minimal flu activity, as of December 15, 2018. Young told CBS4 that flu activity right now is fairly comparable to what they saw this time past year. If they don't get flu shots by the 31st, then they must be kept home from school for the duration of flu season (through March 31), unless they get the shot.

ABC33/40 reported that though it is too soon to know how severe the flu season is, the CDC and researchers report that since the H1N1 emerged in 2009, the severity has shifted from the older population to children.

One myth of the flu shot that the Waushara County Health Department hears every year is that you will get the flu if you get the flu shot. Influenza vaccines are available with a wide range of options for different age groups i.e. children aged 6 months and above and adults aged 65 and above.

The flu virus is highly contagious, so avoiding contact with colleagues, friends, or family members with the virus can help reduce the risk of catching the flu.

Ontario's top medical health official says this year's flu vaccine looks like it's hitting the mark. However, children and older adults are often times hit much harder and become critically ill.

Pneumonia is a serious flu complication whichcan result from either influenza virus infection alone or from co-infection of flu virus and bacteria.

During the last flu season, only 39.5 percent of MI residents were vaccinated against flu, which is below the national rate of 41.7 percent.

"Pneumonia can be related to influenza but it can also be caused by other viral and bacterial illnesses in children". Two children in MI died a year ago because of the flu-related complications.

Now is the time to get the flu shot.

The report features profiles of leading companies functioning in the global Flu vaccine market. However, it is possible that others have been diagnosed with flu by their primary-care physicians or the Emergency Department at the hospital without Public Health being aware of it.

"[It's] likely to be much, much better than previous year", he said.

A fever that doesn't get better within a couple of days.

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