California braces for flu season

California braces for flu season

California braces for flu season

The number of reported cases represent a small proportion of the true number of cases of influenza.

The health department says all three had underlying health conditions and died from complications from this season's flu.

Tan adds that while the current vaccine and the circulating flu strains may not be a ideal match, there are still a lot of protective benefits.

The Dorchester is not one of the nine facilities dealing with an outbreak this season, and Roberts thinks a flu shot campaign in October may have helped. "So far, 613 cases have been confirmed with the majority being the H3N2 and we've had 115 people hospitalized across Montana and we've had eight deaths". Many people do not visit the doctor when ill and doctors should not be expected to run tests on all patients exhibiting influenza-like symptoms, state health officials said. One state reported local activity and the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam did not report.

"December is traditionally considered the start of the flu season, so there is still time and benefit from getting the flu shot because the season usually extends until April", said Dr. Mema.

"It's a little too early to tell", what kind of flu season we're going to have, he said.

Doctors are urging Manitobans to get the flu shot amid concerns that the vaccine isn't as effective as it's been in past years.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone aged 6 months and older, with rare exception.

Over the past 18 days, about 23 percent of the hospital's 300-member staff has called in sick, CEO John Matuska said.

Dr. Christopher Ohl, infectious disease expert at Wake Forest Baptist, said there has been "a significant increase in influenza and influenza-like illness in both adults and children" over the past two weeks. Wash your hands frequently, especially when you're out in public using a grocery cart or gas pump, for example.

Three facilities in the Interior are also dealing with outbreaks of gastrointestinal illness, but Interior Health says that is different from seasonal flu. Marten said. "Patients experiencing acute symptoms should seek treatment at the nearest emergency department".

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