Published: Sat, January 05, 2019
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

Flu activity increasing across Indiana

Flu activity increasing across Indiana

Lynn Sutfin, with the Michigan Department of Health, says cases of the flu are on the rise across the state. And activity is "starting to increase" in this season, Schultz said. Most people will recover from influenza infection within a week to 10 days, but some are at greater risk of developing more severe complications such as pneumonia.

Minnesota's flu season runs from around October to May, Schultz said.

Hospitals were setting up tents and triage units in parking lots, as the more aggressive strain took hold across the country.

In addition, a pain-free nasal spray vaccine is also available for children and youth aged 2 to 17 years.

As the number of flu cases spikes in New Brunswick, health professionals are sounding the alarm that not enough people are getting the flu shot. "For it to just take her life, nothing prepares you for how fast it moves", said Allison's mother Crystal White Shield.

No new flu-related deaths were reported this week, keeping the season's total at three.

This year's vaccine is considered to be a good match for the strain of the virus now spreading, but in order to get the maximum benefit from the shot, 80 per cent of the population must be immunized.

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"It's miserable between feeling just rundown, frightful headaches, and the sweats", said Stephen Canter, a father who is anxious about the flu.

Officials recommend a flu vaccine for all individuals six months of age and older.

The HSE is urging people to get vaccinated after over 200 have been diagnosed with the H1N1 strain in recent weeks.

Peak flu season in the state is between now and March.

Galbraith added that it's not too late to get vaccinated against the flu. If you do get sick, please stay home until you're much better. So there's still a long way to go, she said.

This year's predominant strain, H1N1, also known as swine flu, tends to disproportionately affect children and adults under 50, said Schaffner, a professor of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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