Monitoring on a weekly basis is important at this crucial time of severe flu season that has already resulted to 30 pediatric deaths. However, that is not the case in Manistee County, according to Munson Healthcare Manistee Hospital infection prevention manager Mellissa Johnson, RN. "In terms of providing our flu clinics and getting information out to people and tracking the things we track here in the state", Dr. Harris said. "It's not ideal and it's not 100% effective, but it's the best thing we have", she says, "and the flu vaccine is one of the safest, most vetted and most studied vaccinations there is". If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick.
Schaffner said this means reporting would be delayed for foodborne, fungal, and other diseases, unless one were to rise to the level of an outbreak.
That red line you are seeing on the chart above which is pinning upward in the middle of the chart is showing the number of flu-like predicaments told by the CDC's national network this year.
"If you do become sick, they are suggesting that you visit your physician, tell them why you are coming in", she explained. "If you're sick, do not expose others". Get on those anti-virals; it will help the severity.
If you are in good underlying health, your symptoms are limited, fever and body aches are well controlled with antipyretics like acetaminophen and you are maintaining adequate hydration and nutrition, you can choose to ride it out.
That may not sound surprising, but the common wisdom among flu experts has been that flu was not an airborne virus but only spread by fairly large droplets, from coughing or sneezing. "It's definitely widespread. We've had 21 admissions, and that's just half of January". So it's abrupt; it's a really abrupt onset. But about 40% of children who die from influenza every year have no preexisting conditions, DeBiasi says. At last count, according to the California Department of Public Health, 42 flu-related deaths had been reported among patients younger than 65.
"Anyone can get the flu and face serious complications, which include death", said DHD#10 Medical Director Jennifer Morse.
Still, the CDC recommends that all people over the age of five get the shot to reduce the symptoms of the virus. Thirty children have died so far.
Certain people are more at risk for developing flu complications than others, according to the Broome County Health Department. So, public health officials rely on reports of flu-like illness or actual flu tests among people who do go to doctors' offices or emergency departments. "In children it's been a little bit different, but still the trouble breathing, the skin might get a little bluish in color; maybe they're not urinating like they should". In addition, L.A. Care covered members also receive an emailed flu shot reminder. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. It's an influenza A strain, meaning it's a severe version that can cause individuals to be very ill. The Washington State Department of Health reported 86 deaths so far have been linked to the flu as of Friday.