Tuesday Editorial: Don't ignore the dangers of the flu season

But even when it gets it right, too often it is let down by the archaic vaccine production methods, as demonstrated with the current outbreak of "Aussie flu".

Flu shots are still available at Steele County Public Health, the Mayo Clinic Healthy System in Owatonna, and area pharmacies.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, all 50 states are now reporting widespread flu.

MP: What is the most common type of flu this year?

"Viruses are always changing", said Van Deusen.

Public Health also encourages pregnant women to get the flu shot, as the vaccine will transfer to their infants and protect them until they are old enough to get their own vaccination.

Approximately 61 cases of the flu have been documented in Georgetown County.

MP: So what is the "Aussie flu"? "Unfortunately, this year we were not very successful in hitting (the strain)". That makes them much less susceptible to infection and skewing death totals toward the younger population that grew without ever receiving a similar exposure.

The flu is a very contagious respiratory illness.

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But if something as foreseeable as a flu season - albeit one that is pretty severe - is stretching health care to its limits, what does that tell us about the ability of hospitals to handle the next flu pandemic?

More than 11,000 lab confirmed flu cases have been reported in Arizona.

High-dose vaccines are recommended for older people, who also are exceptionally vulnerable to illness, hospitalization and death related to the flu, according to the CDC. "(The CDC reported that 101 children died of flu-related illness in the 2016-17 season.)", the Washington Post reported. But we don't actually have the flu estimate yet for this year.

The main flu strain in the US this year, H3N2, is considered even more unsafe than the swine flu that sickened thousands in 2009.

St. Peter's Regional Medical Center in Helena is limiting hospital visitation because of the widespread flu in Montana.

The CDC said that this time previous year, that number was three.

Jennifer Michaluk, director of health education and planning and a spokeswoman for the St. Clair County Health Department, said in an email that the number of flu cases in the county "is not something we can easily quantify as flu is not reportable except under certain circumstances". High volumes and an ongoing shortage of fluids used to deliver medicine and treat dehydrated patients continue to create challenges in the midst of this nasty flu season.

If you are ill, get treatment.

It's hard to know how San Diego's flu death numbers compare, on a per-capita basis, with the nation's or other major cities'.


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