New study suggests breathing could spread the flu

Maricruz Casares
Enero 21, 2018

Tennessee's State Health Department says numbers in the Volunteer State have not changed.

As of January 13, there have been 20,349 lab-confirmed flu cases, 2,168 hospitalizations and 82 deaths so far this season, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada.

"We've had over 50 patients we've had to hospitalize, specifically due to the flu", said Martinello, who noted that children under the age of 12 are not permitted to visit patients as a precautionary measure. So many more people 65 and older die of the flu each year that the deaths under 65 reveal more about the severity of the flu season, they say. "We're seeing more patients this year than we have, say, in the past two years, and it's a little earlier this year than in past years".

A person mainly catches the flu from droplets entering their body from an ill person. But Influenza A and B are deadly.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) 5-20% of Americans become infected with influenza each year-more than 200,000 people infected with influenza will require hospitalization.

"If that continues, then this year won't look that much different than most of the other years that we've had", Hempstead said. (See, there's always an upside.) There are a few reasons that the flu seems especially bad this year, though the experts are split on whether or not it's the *actual* worst season. "This is complicated by the holidays, when people are getting together and spreading the flu around".

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"We are still in the thick of the flu season, and it is not too late to get a flu vaccine", Borenstein said. "They will be collecting data reported by states, hospitals, others, and they'll be reporting out critical information needed for state and local health authorities to provide, track, prevent and treat the disease", an official said.

Nicole Desrochers of Springfield said, "I didn't want to end up getting really sick and not die, hopefully". "Symptoms can range from mild to life-threatening".

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They added that even if the flu vaccine is not the flawless match this season.

"Watch for signs that it is developing into something more serious", she said. "Even if the flu has shifted for the year, the vaccine still assists in a faster recovery". Individuals at the highest risk of developing flu related complications are individuals 65 years and older, people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease, pregnant women, individuals with low immune system, and young children.

According to the GCPH website, persons should check with their doctor before receiving a flu vaccine if they're allergic or sensitive to eggs or have had a severe reaction to a previous flu vaccine. In that time, the strains often mutate or new strains, not in the vaccine, suddenly emerge. "The sickest people are still clearly the ones who did not get their flu shots". And conversely, if you develop symptoms, limit contact with others except while seeking medical help.

The recommendation is that people be vaccinated for the flu before the beginning of each flu season.

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