Number of flu cases steady in Manistee County

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The CDC's most recent statistics for the week ending January 13 also revealed the hospitalization rate for the flu is 31.5 per 100,000 people, up from 22.7 the week before.

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Meanwhile, at the Memorial Health system, spokesman Michael Notrica said providers screened almost 3,000 patients for the flu from early August 2017 to early January. The season is closely tracking the 2014-2015 season that was dominated by the same H3N2 flu strain, an influenza A strain that generally causes the worst outbreaks. Influenza B strains mostly affect and reside in humans and are generally less severe.

Those numbers come courtesy of the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC), which has been tracking the progress of the virus since flu season began back in October. "Majority go home, but some do stay in the hospital". In most such deaths, about 80 percent of the children were not vaccinated, she said. The CDC plans to continue to monitor the disease by collecting data from states, hospitals, and other agencies.

"At the grocery store, you should always disinfect the cart", Salisbury said. "When you get there, put a mask on right away". Get on those anti-virals; it will help the severity. You may notice these symptoms for a few days or up to a week.

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Is it true that the flu can spread through just breathing? So it's abrupt; it's a really abrupt onset. You might have a slight fever, but it is often not too severe. "Weakness, body aches, stuff like that - headache, you usually have with influenza and don't with a cold".

See a doctor if you fit any of these categories or someone you know has the flu, and make sure you get proper treatment.

Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka also is restricting young visitors, although that's standard procedure for the hospital during heavy flu seasons. The Oregon Health Authority recently reclassified current Oregon flu activity from moderate to high. Because this is a cumulative rate, the number is expected to increase as the flu season progressed, CDC researchers said two weeks ago in a conference call with the media. You're less likely to have complications like pneumonia, having to be hospitalized and dying, ' Schaffner said.

"They've created "Fight the Office Flu" kits filled with new pens - to prevent sharing, paper towels, disinfectant, and pocket-sized hand sanitizer that can be used by any business, no matter the size", Chapman said. Adults without Medicare will be charge $15 for the flu shot.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth to keep from spreading germs. "One hundred percent of respiratory illnesses have been because people either breathe in when someone sneezes those droplets or they have touched contaminated surfaces and then touched their T-zone".

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