CDC stats suggest early start to flu season

Henrietta Brewer
November 21, 2019

Influenza, commonly called the flu, is a viral infection that attacks the respiratory system. Although it's not entirely clear why prevalence is highest during the winter months, research has come up with some possible explanations.

"If you come to our urgent care or you come to the emergency room and you have flu-like symptoms, we will essentially test for only the high-risk populations", he said.

A disease originated in pigs, swine flu is caused by H1N1 virus.

Swine flu can impact other people of any age and gender bracket.

Who're susceptible to catching the an infection?

Pregnant women, people with chronic illnesses such as asthma, neuromuscular disease, heart disease or diabetes mellitus are at high risk of being infected by this condition.

What can you do to prevent the flu?

Dr. Tina Tan, the New Jersey state epidemiologist, said everyone needs to understand that getting a flu shot can not give you the flu. You can also still contract other strains of the flu that aren't protected against by the vaccine.

As for misconceptions that flu shots just don't work, Tan said that "no vaccine is 100% effective but we do know that the vaccine against influenza is definitely the best protection that we have". "It takes two weeks for the protective properties of the vaccine to take effect".

"It's not 100 per cent ideal in preventing influenza, but it's roughly going to cut your odds of getting a flu in half", Khan said.

Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

If you are sick with flu symptoms, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities.

But if you suspect you have the flu, it's better for your health and productivity to stay out of the office.

Most people are able to fight off the flu with some rest and lots of fluids.

People who are considered high risk should see their doctor at the first signs of the flu.

"Everyone in the community, who can get vaccinated, should get vaccinated".

The Canadian government provides weekly updates on the virus here throughout flu season.

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