Alabama declares state of emergency from flu; Florida dealing with widespread outbreak

Ceria Alfonso
Enero 13, 2018

Though a recent Australian study raised the idea that the vaccine might be only 10 percent effective against this year's flu, he said that estimate does not necessarily apply to the United States, or to other strains of the flu that are circulating.

In Santa Barbara County, six people have died in the past two weeks, according to the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department.

The Minnesota Department of Health now officially categorizes the outbreak as as "widespread", with more than 1,765 hospitalizations over the last 12 weeks-more than 10 times the amount from previous year. "I was really weak", said Margaret Shafer, who went to a Seattle emergency room this week after a bout with the flu was followed by pneumonia.

"They have more patients who are admitted to those hospitals than they have beds in those hospitals".

All states in the continental USA have widespread flu activity for the first time in at least 13 years, according to an update Friday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"If you wash your hands, you have a much lower chance of contracting the flu", said Dr. Whitehead.

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Hospitalizations are also on the rise, particularly among adults over the age of 50 and children under the age of 5. The other patients were all over 65. Five of the eight had underlying health conditions, and all eight were at least 61 years old.

"This year, we've seen a mixture of A and B, so both young and old people being affected".

The best protection against the flu is the flu vaccine. The same reporting time previous year totalled 590.

It's not too late to get the flu shot, which is still available in doctors' offices and drugstores. Flu is hard to track because people don't always go to the doctor when they're sick, let alone get tested for the illness. If people do get sick, health officials recommend seeking medical advice and limiting contact with others. Use a tissue or cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow or arm. "Also wash your hands and carry anti-bacterial gel or spray in your purse, trousers or suitcase".

Alcohol based gels are the next best thing if you don't have access to soap and water.

Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth, according to the CDC.

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