U.S. states reporting widespread flu: CDC

Bryan Strickland
December 30, 2017

"The seasonal flu vaccine is still the number one recommendation andfirst line of defense to protect yourself and your family against the flu", said Tammara Scroggins, asst.director public health communicable disease. At least 11 people younger than 65 have died in California, while North Carolina has reported 12 deaths and SC seven. But it's hard to track exact numbers because only a certain percentage of people with flu symptoms go the hospital for testing.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that nine pediatric flu deaths have been reported this season from other stats as of December 16. "While vaccination offers the best protection we have against influenza, it's still possible that some people may become ill despite being vaccinated but their illness will be much milder". A positive flu test result is not necessary for a health care provider to prescribe an antiviral medication. Oseltamivir (TamifluĀ®) is recommended by the CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) for the treatment of influenza in persons aged 2 weeks and older, and for the prevention of influenza in persons aged 3 months and older. Another illness seen frequently at St. Mary's is strep throat, which can have similar symptoms to the flu, he said.

Laboratory-confirmed cases of contagious flu are on the rise in the United States, with 11 deaths attributed to the virus in San Diego County, Calif., alone.

The strain of influenza circulating this year is known to cause severe illness, according to a city release sent out today.

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Officials at the University of Tennessee Medical Center say they're seeing an early increase in influenza reports.

Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. In addition, hand sanitizing stations are available at hospital entrances and throughout the buildings.

Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

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