And what that feels like won't be a nice day, or two or three, off.
"Flu activity has been accelerating over the past three weeks and more people could get sick", said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county's public health officer. "Unfortunately, flu cases will likely increase as we celebrate this season which is why it is so important that those who haven't received their flu vaccine to get their flu shot now". "This is a tragic reminder that the flu still kills", said county public health official Cameron Kaiser, MD, in a statement.
During the week of December 3, Mountain States and Wellmont hospitals recorded 54 positive flu cases. The vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months and older.
Fortunately, there were no flu deaths reported within the last week, but six people across the state have died since the season started. But because of the way cases are trending so far, Thompson said the county could be in for a long haul with the season peaking in February or March.
Another nurse expressed worry that if someone who did not get the shot came down with the flu and called in sick, there could be punitive measures taken. His death is the fifth for San Diego County this flu season.
As it's produced by the pharmaceutical companies, it contains strands adapted to grow in eggs. Vaccines are available at doctor's offices, pharmacies, and local health departments. Young children and adults 65 and older are more at risk of being contaminated by the flu. "And definitely don't send your kids to school if they have any symptoms at all", Grant said.
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Doctors are warning about the flu as millions travel for the holidays.
20, Arizona has seen 2,976 reported cases of flu. "Right now it looks to be a real serious flu season, and so we need to make sure everyone practices steps for prevention".
Burton agrees it's especially hard during the holidays, to be careful and stay healthy. "So if you're traveling to another part of the US where there's a flu outbreak, the close proximity to people will contribute to the virus being transmitted". "If you have guests, limit contact".
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
It sounds very simple, she said, but everyone should dispose of all used tissues immediately after using them.
"Children are super-spreaders of flu".
Flu-like symptoms include cough, fever, body aches, headache, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, chills and fatigue.