In the first three days of this week, 13 ILI outbreaks (affecting 46 persons) have been recorded.
However, "influenza is a very serious illness, so if you're at high risk or have symptoms such as difficulty breathing, chest pain, dizziness, confusion, persistent vomiting, can not drink fluids, or have flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever or worse cough, seek emergency medical care immediately", said Dr. Cara Christ, director of the Department of Health Services. Some protection is better than none, and the flu may be less severe in people who have been vaccinated.
"We ask that people educate themselves regarding when to come to the emergency room and when to stay home", Rohler said.
Other effective ways to avoid getting or spreading the flu include: washing hands frequently or using alcohol-based hand sanitizer; covering coughs and sneezes with tissues, or coughing or sneezing into elbows; avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth; and staying home when sick.
Anyone whose symptoms improve but return with fever or worse cough should get help right away.
The number of flu cases is continuing to rise across Canada, suggesting the peak of infections with one of the dominant circulating strains could come within a few weeks - or even sooner, say infectious diseases experts, who describe this influenza season as "unusual".
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Mohave County has also experienced an early and busy start to the flu season, said Anna Scherzer, epidemiologist for Mohave County Public Health Department. Both of those are subsets of the influenza A virus, which is distinct from the influenza B virus, and there are meaningful differences between all of these variations, both from a treatment and patient perspective. She says free vaccines are available at the Health Department on W. Central, as supplies last.
"We again urge the public, particularly children, the elderly and chronic disease patients, to observe strict personal, hand and environmental hygiene", a spokesman for the CHP said. "Last year, Mohave County experienced a similar spike in activity as this same time, and it did end up being our peak activity".
A 4-year-old boy from Montgomery County has died from complications due to the flu.
The strain of the virus that has been predominant this flu season (H3N2) is more unsafe for the elderly and young children, Johnson said. "Every spring, we try to guess what strains are going to be in the environment, so six months before anybody really is getting ready for flu, we're guessing from the Southern Hemisphere what's going to happen in the Northern Hemisphere", he said.
"The virus we're giving them is dead, it's virtually impossible to get the flu from a vaccine", de Lota said.
Healthy lifestyle habits can also protect you from seasonal illness.