"That's the reason why we do want to restrict", Matthew said.
The session, planned months ago, is part of a regular series of monthly webinars the CDC holds on health topics called Public Health Grand Rounds, officials said. However, while pros state that the influenza season may possibly reach its summit, they alert it takes a lot of additional weeks to influenza task to really slow-down.
On Friday, the Tennessee Department of Health issued a statement noting increased reports of seasonal influenza and other respiratory illnesses across the state.
The administration and staff at J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital in Huntingdon is asking the community to restrict visitation to the Hospital, due to the number of people with influenza and the contagious nature of the flu. In the first week of 2018 alone, 425 new cases were reported from 38 counties. "And by the time they go there, they already have secondary complications".
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Most of the cases are in the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend, but there are also cases in both Morriston and Singleton hospital in Swansea.
It's unclear, yet, if that type of severity will appear here, Jernigan said.
Veterinarians are even warning pet owners about canine influenza. Having a flu jab significantly reduces your chances of getting flu in the first place; but if you are unlucky and still catch it, your illness is likely to be milder and shorter.
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She urges people to wash their hands thoroughly with regular soap and water, paying particular attention to the backs of hands and the thumbs.
If you or someone in your household is sick, keeping at least six feet of distance and washing your hands can go a long way, says Dr. John Townes.
As of 6am on Friday the 12th January, this was the current picture of reported flu-like cases across the UK. The strain tends to hit younger and older people harder than others.
"It seems like it's about 30 to 50 percent worse than the previous 2 to 3 years", Epner said. At all 31 Physicians Immediate Care locations, doctors are seeing a 20 percent spike in patients.
This season, the flu vaccine is most protective against an H1N1, an H3N2 and a B/Victoria lineage strain.
"If you are eligible for the flu vaccine, get it now - contact your GP practice to book into a flu clinic". "The vaccine also provides protection against other strains that circulate during the season".
"If we can't support patients coming in emergency rooms who have the flu, more people are going to die", predicts Deborah Pasko, director of medication safety and quality at the American Society of Health System Pharmacists. In addition, "employers and schools that require doctor excuses for absences are asked to waive this requirement during this time to encourage those who are sick to stay home and not spread the disease".