Flu Season Is Upon Us

Georgia Reed
December 22, 2017

Brown said Thursday that Sandusky County has reported four flu-related hospitalizations in December, and nine since the beginning of September. 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.

"Most relate to a variety of illness including flu, colds, and sore throats". But because of the way cases are trending so far, Thompson said the county could be in for a long haul with the season peaking in February or March.

There were two recent flu-related deaths in McLean County, said Coroner Kathy Davis.

One flu virus circulating, influenza A (H3N2), has been more resistant to flu vaccinations, though Koening said many of those cases have been in Australia where the flu season is winding down, and not predictive of what will happen in the United States.

The Department of Public Health and El Paso Fire Department held a vaccine clinic on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at the EPFD's Safety and Health Outreach Center, 5415 Trowbridge Drive.

Experts say that 65 people had to be hospitalized within the last week due to the flu virus, bringing the total number of hospitalizations to 262. Limiting the spread of flu helps the entire community, including employers.

She said people still describe suffering through cases of the flu as "getting hit by a freight train".

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'Tis the season for family get-togethers and office Christmas parties-and that means lots of germs spreading around right in the middle of cold and flu season.

Doctors said there is still time to get your flu shot.

Young children and those who are elderly or have chronic disease are especially vulnerable to the flu's more severe consequences.

"They've had it since, like, three months ago", Perez said.

The vaccine is safe and effective.

MCMC said "although many of our staff are fortunate to enjoy excellent health, even healthy individuals can get very sick from the flu and spread disease to others" as the basis for its flu shot/masking protocol. "So if you're traveling to another part of the USA where there's a flu outbreak, the close proximity to people will contribute to the virus being transmitted".

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