Berks County doctors, hospitals seeing more flu cases, health officials say

Berks County doctors, hospitals seeing more flu cases, health officials say

The state Department of Public Health's Vaccine Finder map shows locations that offer flu shots throughout California. Infection Control Prevention Manager Marti Smith, RN, BSN, CIC, cases of the flu have been coming in earlier, in mid-December and early January, as opposed to the three-week spurt in February of the 2015-2016 season.

"We are definitely starting flu season", Dr. Sarah Moyer, medical director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness. "There is an excellent match between what is in the vaccine this year and the virus" circulating through the country, Schaffner said.

Flu protection is critical for older adults (65 years old and over) because 54 percent to 70 percent of all flu-related hospitalizations occur in this age group.

Ten states in the US report a high activity in flu and all around the country, more and more people are reportedly getting admitted to hospitals amid complaints of flu and its severe effects. In children, warning signs may include trouble breathing, a bluish tint to the skin, an inability to eat or drink, low levels of interaction, flu like symptoms that appear to improve but then return, a rash and no tears when the child is crying. Common vaccinations will protect patients against influenza A (H1N1) and (H3N2) virus, along with one or more influenza B viruses.

People who have flu symptoms are asked not to visit patients at hospitals.

Genesis Health says the number of flu cases fluctuates greatly every year because of different strains of the respiratory illness.

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Cleroux said the vaccine is available for anyone aged six months or older.

The vaccine take two weeks to take effect, making it even more critical to get the shot sooner rather than later.

You can still get a flu shot at most pharmacies, along with local health departments. There is no live virus in the traditional injected vaccine, so receiving it can not cause the flu. It is not too late to get vaccinated. "However, if you are experiencing mild flu-like symptoms, please consider other options such as making an appointment with your family doctor, visiting a walk-in clinic, or by recuperating at home".

Nationwide, the CDC reports that since October 1, more than 1,300 people have been hospitalized due to laboratory-confirmed cases of flu.