Published: Fri, December 22, 2017
Medical | By Josefina Yates

Flu season likely to peak in the coming weeks

Flu season likely to peak in the coming weeks

The number of influenza cases reported in the San Diego region jumped last week and included the fifth fatality of "flu season", county health officials reported Wednesday. Fortunately, there were no flu deaths reported within the last week, but six people across the state have died since the season started.

Flu season usually lasts through early summer.

Influenza A outbreaks are underway in about four long-term care facilities, and Adrienne Hansen-Taugher, manager of infectious disease prevention and emergency preparedness for Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington Public Health, said flu season is expected to peak over the holidays.

His hypothesis became the basis of numerous studies showing that people with the lowest Vitamin D levels reported having significantly more colds or cases of the flu.

Jenny Israel, head of children's public health nursing, Hywel Dda University Health Board, explained why it's so important that eligible children receive the flu nasal spray vaccine. "It can take up to two weeks to build full immunity to the flu after you are vaccinated, so I encourage everyone who has not yet had a flu shot to get one today before the holidays". In addition, they say medical staff can wash hands often with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand rub - and keep all surfaces clean and disinfected.

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There is still a lot of concern over how effective this year's flu vaccine will be.

These factors-combined with the administration's heavy cuts to the CDC and related programs that focus on everything from health and research to our overuse of antibiotics and drug-resistant infections-may be putting us just one mutation away from a flu pandemic. They say there are other methods of stopping spread of the flu, such as having sick workers stay home, or keeping them away from patients. Every November and December, things ramp up on the flu front and despite our best efforts, it is easy to catch whatever flu happens to be circulating through the population.

She said: "We are encouraging children in the eligible groups to be vaccinated to prevent the spread of flu in schools and the wider community".

The Hill Country's off-again, on-again winter weather is the prime time to get influenza and be calling work to say you're sick.

Symptoms of influenza can include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.

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