Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

Flu cases starting to surge, with kids and teens especially vulnerable: doctors

Flu cases starting to surge, with kids and teens especially vulnerable: doctors

As we move into peak flu season, it brings the total of influenza related deaths to 13.

Doctors say it could get worse. She commented at the health department she has seen Flu A and Flu B cases.

The flu is making its rounds in nearly every state around the country and more people are coming down with the common flu symptoms.

"The graph of flu activity in our hospital is just increasing", he explains.

The dominating virus this flu season is H1N1.

It's not too late to get an influenza vaccination. The return of the quadrivalent vaccine (LAIV4) by The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the CDC is expected to enlarge and improve protection and coverage.

"For the current season, the H3N2 strain included in the vaccine has been updated to better match the circulating strain, which will hopefully result in better protection against this strain compared to past year", Durham said.

Of course, it's still possible to get the flu even if you've gotten the flu shot, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't get vaccinated.

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Statewide, Ohio Department of Health reported 540 flu-associated hospitalizations between October 14, 2018 through December 29, 2018. But there are a number of reasons to get vaccinated now if you haven't done so already.

Price said some people confuse the flu with a common cold, but there are differences you can spot.

The flu is a contagious respiratory disease caused by influenza viruses and can cause mild to severe symptoms. Parents should keep their sick children at home so they do not spread the flu to others.

Lee Health also has some prevention advice with getting the flu vaccine, as well as the pneumococcal vaccine, topping its list.

The symptoms of flu can include fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue (tiredness).

Price said the flu shot is free with most insurance.

The swine flu is the main strain of virus circulating. "We're so used to the flu that we really underestimate it", Morse said.

With illness spreading and months of flu season left to go, experts still recommend getting a flu shot. So far, the current vaccine appears to have worked well in that region and is performing better than last year's vaccine.

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