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Flu cases on the rise in Montana

Flu cases on the rise in Montana Flu cases on the rise in Montana
Judith Alexander | 22 December, 2017, 01:20

"Widespread" is the highest level of flu action, which indicates increased flu-like activity or flu outbreaks in at least half of the regions in the state.

As cases of influenza across Washington increase, officials at the state Department of Health are urging people to get a flu shot now.

"Flu season typically does not peak until January or February", the health district said in a press release. Historically, it's considered the worst type of influenza A strain, even worse than H1N1.

Last year, the USA flu vaccine was about 42 percent effective.

The Oklahoma Department of Health says 65 people were admitted to hospitals this week with the flu.

In general, flu vaccinations have an excellent safety record, but their efficacy varies greatly. In addition, there are a number of pathogens going around in the winter months, including viruses that might not be included in the vaccine, according to the CDC.

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The medical professionals say the symptoms can pack a powerful punch but usually clear up within two weeks. "But the predominant circulating strain was something called H3-N2, and there was only a 10 percent effectiveness they only found in Australia, only Australia, which comprised 55 percent of the circulating strains, not all of them".

"Most relate to a variety of illness including flu, colds, and sore throats".

People six months of age and up are recommended to get a flu shot. "In order to prevent potentially life-threatening complications among the most vulnerable members of our community, including the elderly, pregnant women and people with underlying health conditions, MCMC has made a decision to stand with a large part of the health care community and require staff to get the flu vaccine or wear a mask". And contain your germs by staying home if you are sick.

While most people are ill for only a few days some may require hospital treatment, and among those at highest risk, the virus can be lethal.

Jenny Israel, head of children's public health nursing, Hywel Dda University Health Board, explained why it's so important that eligible children receive the flu nasal spray vaccine.

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