Since flu season began in October, roughly 30 of Dan Turner's 140 employees have called in sick. The announcement follows Governor Cuomo's declaration of a public health emergency in NY. The complete strain of the virus isn't something that has changed, but there are noticeable differences that have caused officials to look closely at how and why this year is impacting so many more people.
Emory University's Student Health Services has reported treating 193 cases of influenza and influenza-type illness since January 1, 2018 - a higher number of cases than recent flu seasons, but consistent with numbers being reported on other area campuses and within the community, state and nation.
Most importantly, Snyder wrote, get vaccinated.
Free or low-priced flu shots were made available at a dozen locations on Saturday, and health officials say there will be another round of free clinics next weekend.
Influenza is a viral infection of the respiratory tract and is spread by droplets released when infected people cough or sneeze nearby or when people touch surfaces or objects contaminated with those infectious respiratory droplets. The CDC has had a universal flu vaccine recommendation in place for those ages 6 months and older since 2010, and last season the highest vaccination coverage, at 76.3%, was in children ages 6 to 23 months. She says, historically, about 80 percent of children who have died from influenza were not vaccinated.
Following Gov. Andrew Cuomo's declaration of a public health emergency in New York, County Executive Steve Bellone and Health Commissioner Dr. James Tomarken announced the free flu clinics, available to anyone six months of age and older. But what does that really mean? Cold, dry and dark winters promote the spread of flu.
Dr. Ranta added that it's still not too late to get a flu shot, and even though this year's vaccine has not been as effective as hoped, it still can help prevent serious disease and hospitalization. However, even if there is a "bad" match, the vaccine can still provide some protection.
The Arkansas Department of Health's weekly flu report issued on Tuesday is for the week ending February 10. "There is no way that they are able to absolutely determine what exact flu strain will circulate or if there are new viruses that may emerge", she says.
The talk surrounding influenza has gone up after two children died of it recently in Guelph. "You've got to protect the community".
Most people who feel sick won't need to see a doctor, she noted. They then kill these viruses and use them in the vaccines.