An Early….and Tough….Flu Season in Beatrice Area

Ohio Department of Health reports state's first pediatric flu death of season

ODH also reports 1,750 new confirmed flu-associated hospitalizations in OH during the first week of January, a significant increase over 925 reported during the last week of December. There have been 3,854 total flu-associated hospitalizations since flu season began last October.

Matt Maurer, the epidemiologist for Coconino County, holds a vial of influenza vaccine at the county health department in Flagstaff, Ariz.

"That strain of flu tends to change more rapidly than other strains from the time we know it's circulating to the time the vaccine is made", said Dr. Sharon Welbel with the Cook County Health and Hospitals System.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has great resources to help people better understand the flu, she added.

A statement issued by the Public Relations Officer of the GES, Rebecca Ackwonu on behalf of the Director General said: "An outbreak of Influenza-A H1N1 was confirmed in a secondary school Kumasi Academy (Senior High School) in Ashanti Region in December, 2017".

Flu season in the U.S. typically starts in October and ends in May, peaking from December to February. "Flu vaccination also can reduce the severity of illness if you do get sick". Chills, body aches, sore throat, coughing and fever are some of the symptoms that the flu can cause.

According to Murti, we could see a peak of influenza A through January, while influenza B will likely peak at the end of February and into the spring.

She says you can contact your doctor within 24 hours to get treatment that can lessen the impact of flu. OH does not have a flu shot shortage.

"Even if it's not a good match and even if you do get sick, you have a milder version of the disease, so hopefully you don't have to be hospitalized ... and you may not expire", he said.

"No vaccine is 100 percent effective", said Carolyn Kaltenberg, a nurse and immunization program manager with Grand Forks Public Health. "People are bad about coughing into their hands and then they don't wash their hands, and then, of course, we transmit the flu". They are most effective if they are taken within the first two days of contracting the illness.

Get vaccinated. The list of reasons to avoid vaccination is short (such as having a severe reaction to the vaccine in the past); and no, the standard injected flu vaccine can not cause you to get the flu.

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