"The peak of flu season is usually in late January and early February", Khan said. With a little commitment to these health techniques and vaccination, we can prevent and treat this public health problem.
Some people shouldn't get the flu shot, like those with severe, life-threatening allergies to flu vaccine or any ingredient in the vaccine. For those who get a flu shot and still contract influenza, symptoms tend to be milder and not last as long, research has shown. The majority of people who hadn't been vaccinated already, 41 percent of the total sample, said they were not planning to get the shot at all. Because these two types of illnesses have similar symptoms, it can be hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. This results in approximately 200,000 hospitalizations and up to 49,000 deaths from related complications.
Influenza symptoms can include fever, headache, muscle pain, runny nose, sore throat, extreme tiredness, and cough. Any person displaying flu-like symptoms is urged to visit their doctor or health centre immediately.
"Kids get influenza, but the ones who are getting it we're seeing more of because they're more severely ill than a year ago", Hoyano added. After all, cold and flu season occurs when the weather is cold, so there must be a connection, right?
"At the end of 2018, flu activity was high in New York City and 19 states, including most of the American southwest and New Jersey. We're so used to the flu that we really underestimate it", Morse said. Antivirals to treat the flu must be given within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms.
Various global stakeholders have indicated the benefits of vaccines that induce broad immunity so as to prime the population against newly emerging influenza viruses or other respiratory viruses of pandemic potential. When they get sick, we test them for the flu and find out whether or not they received a vaccine.
Avoid sharing food, drinks and utensils with others. 10 people are known to have died from the sickness so far.
There is also evidence now that viruses spread more easily through the dry air.
Flu season, which began back in October, has officially arrived in Southwest Florida with more than 310 cases confirmed during the week of December 23, according to Lee Health. First and foremost is to wash your hands.