Why this year's flu season may be especially risky

Georgia Reed
January 11, 2018

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 in OH since flu season began last October.

Rodriguez said this year's strain has a much more H3N2 influenza than H1N1 influenza.

White County Public Health nurse Marsha Oilar said a 91-year-old man from Reynolds, Indiana has died because of the virus.

H3N2 has been responsible for some of the worst flu seasons in the U.S. in recent years, including the 2006-2007, 2012-2013, and 2014-2015 bouts.

As News 18 has previously reported, state health officials say the number of flu-related deaths in IN is now at 25.

However, Murti said those figures are an underestimate of the actual number of cases, as most people don't seek medical attention for flu and, therefore, aren't tested. It's still not too late to get vaccinated as the flu season extends until the end of spring.

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Symptoms of flu can include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Normally we don't peak until January and February, but it started long before the holidays this year.

Flu vaccination prevents millions of illnesses and tens of thousands of flu-related hospitalizations each year.

It can take up to two weeks to build full immunity to influenza following a vaccination, so people should get shots immediately, the department said.

There have been reports that the shot is not as effective this year, but public health officials tracking the vaccine's effectiveness believe it may be better than the model being used in Australia, where it was only 10 percent effective, KRMC's Williams said.

He said he recommends the three C's for prevention: Cover your cough, clean your hands and contain it - meaning people should stay home when they are sick. It also reported that outpatient visits to doctors with influenzalike symptoms were above normal in every region of the country. But for certain serious viral infections - HIV and hepatitis C are good examples - highly effective antiviral drugs have revolutionized care, prevented suffering, and saved countless lives.

Adult flu deaths are not reported to local health departments by Texas law. "Compared to the last three seasons, it looks a lot worse but it goes up and down".

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