Idaho sees more influenza-related deaths at this time in the season compared to the same time frame as the previous seven seasons.
CDC Epidemic Intelligence Center Director Liu Ting-ping (劉定萍) said that 22 people were confirmed to have serious flu complications, 18 of whom did not receive vaccinations. As of September 2017 there were more than 137,500 reported cases of flu in Australia, according to news.com.au, which was more than double the number of cases from the year before.
It has already claimed a number of lives in Ireland and is said to be the worst outbreak in 50 years.
Flu symptoms come on suddenly with a fever, muscle aches, headache and fatigue - whereas a cold usually starts gradually with a sore throat and a blocked or a runny nose. "It is a piece of the flu that they put into you so your body can respond to it and then when it sees that piece of the flu again on a real flu virus it can attack it".
Anyone with an appointment to a physician practice/clinic, the Emergency Center, or other outpatient location will be asked by registration personnel if they are experiencing flu-like symptoms.
Most health insurance plans cover influenza vaccines.
People can find a place to get vaccinated at vaccinefinder.org. In New York, there were 19 pediatric influenza deaths over the past three seasons and almost 11,200 flu-related hospitalizations each season.
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"If you are sick, it's best to get the vaccine after you recover", said Blum, "but please don't wait until it's too late in the season".
PHE advises to avoid having unnecessary contact with other people if you or they have symptoms of flu.
State Sen. Brownie Carson, D-Brunswick, said he's concerned that ME still doesn't have enough public health nurses on hand if a flu epidemic were to break out this season.
People concerned about flu-like symptoms should stay at home and contact their GP, or call NHS 111, to seek further advice. That means flu has spread among patients and staff shutting down an entire floor to new admissions.
"The message is to get vaccinated", she said. Influenza activity typically peaks in Idaho in January or early February. "Advice, tips, information and videos on getting over flu and other common illnesses are available at a new HSE website.The site was developed by the HSE along with Global Positioning System and pharmacists and is a great resource for people to get advice and get better".
Meanwhile, figures released by Public Health England show a sharp rise in cases, triggered by a surge in two aggressive subtypes attacking the population simultaneously.
The Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association announced last week that adult, short-term acute care hospitals has implemented restrictions in an effort to minimize the spread of respiratory infections to hospital patients, employees and community members.