Flu season worst on record in Spokane County

New flu cases in central NY more than doubled in the week that ended on January 27.

"The sooner that's started after the onset of symptoms, the more likely it is to prevent those serious complications", he said. "But now that school has been back in for a couple of weeks, we have seen an increase in absences recently".

Medical professionals do say that those who have had sever allergic reactions to the flu shot in the past should not get it again, however. Even if supportive care is all that will be recommended, guidance on which over-the-counter remedies to take (to avoid unnecessary medicines) should be made with your healthcare provider. She said she expects the number of participants to increase next year when the company offers a nasal mist instead of an injection. In past years, the vaccine's overall effectiveness has run between 40 and 60 percent. However, in the last week or so, there has been a slight uptick in the number of flu illnesses throughout the elementary schools.

Those who haven't gotten it should do so "immediately", Smith said.

Wear short or loose-fitting sleeves and bring your private insurance, Medicaid or Medicare card if you have one.

School officials said they are enforcing extra cleaning and disinfectant measures to lessen the impact of the influenza.

A flu-season graph on the state Department of Health website depicting week-to-week numbers of new cases in Pennsylvania rises like a cliff.

So far this year the flu has claimed 95 lives in North Carolina, including 20 over the last two weeks.

Warning signs that a person should go to the emergency room include shortness of breath, abdominal pain, vomiting over several days, neurological symptoms or symptoms that seem to get better and then suddenly worsen, he said. The cold and flu also share some symptoms, such as headaches, potentially a sore throat, fatigue or weakness, and aches and pains.

Aaron from Huntsville Alabama also suffered from cystic fibrosis a genetic disorder that damages the lungs and restricts the ability to breathe making his flu diagnosis even worse

Dr. Judy Tung is section chief of ambulatory internal medicine and chair of the department of medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital and an associate professor of clinical medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine.

This clinic is in response to the widespread cases of influenza in CT.

"When more people are vaccinated against the flu, less flu can spread through the community", William Koenig, county public health officer, said in the release.

The Tennessee Department of Health reports 1,476 confirmed flu cases in the Nashville region, which includes Rutherford County.

"Clorox wipes are my best friend", she said.

"I think in the last week we saw some decrease (in cases), but we've seen that before". We're still seeing cases this week. The flu epidemic has resulted in some of the highest hospitalization rates recorded, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"Generally, children under the age of 5, adults over the age of 65, anyone that's diabetic, anyone that's immune-compromised and the reason is, if they get the flu, they're at risk for having all sorts of bad things happening to them". Health department clinics across the state are providing vaccines at no charge.

One piece of good news - this season's flu shot targets the very strains that are making everyone sick.

  • Leroy Wright