The Broome Health Department says there were 2,344 lab-confirmed cases of influenza in the county during the 2018-2019 flu season.
According to healthcare officials, about 7 Mn Americans have been affected by a strain of flu virus.
Preliminary data through November 23 showed 11 confirmed cases in Ward County, according to the NDDoH. In the worst cases, flu can result in a stay in the hospital or even death. Those same regions had reported high activity during the prior week.
Signs of flu include cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headache, fatigue, chills and possible fever. Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning a day before symptoms develop and up to a week after becoming sick.
"It stops the likelihood they can catch the flu from you", he said. The influenza infection can be more severe for individuals with a high-risk medical condition, those who are 65 years of age or older, and children five years of age or younger. It is also important for those who spend time around anyone who is high risk for flu complications. Most flu vaccines protect against four different flu viruses, according to the CDC.
A new shipment of high dose vaccine is expected in early to mid-December. Further, strictly hygienic manufacturing processes of flu vaccines require a significant time period due to numerous formalities - purification, quality analysis, safety controls, and packaging and regulatory approvals. The Mason County Health Department is now out of vaccines, but the local drug stores and physician offices are carrying them.
"Because flu viruses are constantly changing, flu vaccines may be updated from one season to the next to protect against the viruses that research suggests may be most common during the upcoming flu season".
Acting commissioner Alison Arwady says the flu season typically peaks in January and February.
Dr.Robert Atmar, Infectious Diseases expert at Baylor College of Medicine says it's hitting us harder than the rest of the country and the latest CDC map shows states from Texas to Georgia are getting hit especially hard.He says this year's flu shot is -so far- working better than last year's.