Sac County: Flu Season is in Full Swing

Henrietta Brewer
December 11, 2019

Her team also tracks how many people were diagnosed with flu, but not admitted to a hospital. "So that's something we would encourage people to speak with the health care providers about whether that would be appropriate for them to take an anti-viral medications to try to the decrease the duration of the symptoms of the flu", says Dr. Duwell.

"We're seeing a bit of everything right now", Murray said.

"It really depends on what viruses are circulating", Epperson said. By staying up-to-date with flu, we can ensure that we are well prepared for each season and evolve our practices to keep up. Measures of influenza activity monitored by CDPH are showing flu season has started earlier in California than in recent years. Interestingly, CDC reports heightened activity of the B strain of the influenza virus.

But Murray said: "It's really hard to say how severe the season here in California or the USA might be".

Flu season is among us and experts explain it's one of the earliest seasons they've seen in the past 15 years. "And the single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year". For example, the data shows the cumulative hospitalization rate for the flu is 2.7 per 100,000 people this season, compared with 1.8 per 100,000 at the same point last season. All can pose a danger for people with respiratory illnesses, diabetes and compromised immune systems. If you are immunocompromised, it is important to wear a mask and to have gloves as an option - and encourage your family members and visitors to get their flu shots. He got the flu some years ago, he said, and it left him unable to work for two weeks.

Using this to predict what will come next enables us to prepare accordingly in the case of a pandemic, and recommend, with a reasonable degree of confidence, which strains should be included in the flu vaccine.

Despite early flu season, it's not too late to get the vaccine.

The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone over the age of 6 months.

Wash your hands often with soap and warm water.

Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough and sneeze, and dispose of used tissues immediately. "There are anti-viral medications which can be effective against the flu".

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