5 On Your Side got a behind the scenes look at the fight against the flu at the Total Access Urgent Care on Manchester in Rock Hill, where the patient load has doubled largely because of the flu.
DPH is reporting "widespread" flu activity for the fourth consecutive week this flu season.
The rate of flu consultations across the North has continued to rise and is higher than the last several years but well below the peak experienced during the swine flu winters of nearly ten years ago.
Out of the 427 cases of students with flu-like symptoms, 118 cases were confirmed with the flu since the beginning of the school year.
Officials with the Dallas County Health and Human Services Department report another five people have died from flu-related illnesses.
Palomar Health is giving away its remaining 150 doses of flu vaccine to anyone, age 9 through adult, who has yet to get this year's shot. "If you've already lost some of your health immunity due to having contracted flu one time, you certainly do not need to contract a second strain and that's the benefit of taking the vaccine", she said. It comes on suddenly and symptoms may include fever, headache, tiredness, cough, sore throat, nasal congestion and body aches.
If you or someone in your household is sick, keeping at least six feet of distance and washing your hands can go a long way, says Dr. John Townes.
Although flu seasons vary, influenza activity typically increases in October and can last as late as May.
On average, the 10- to 12-week flu season generally ends in March, she said.
In Arizona, there are more than 11,000 confirmed flu cases. and likely thousands of others that are not confirmed.
Stay home when you are sick.
This has been a particularly nasty year because there are two dominant strains circulating: H3N2, a whopper of a virus, along with a B strain, which causes less severe sickness.
Dr. Spire said it's still important to get the flu shot.
According to the BBC, hospital admissions and GP visits for influenza overall have seen a sharp rise going into 2018. Rock Island County residents interested in getting a flu shot can call the health department at 794-7080.
He added that they take time and care when giving precautions. With the recent bout of cold weather and people traveling and socializing during the holidays, Austin area doctors aren't just seeing spikes in flu but also people with stomach bugs and respiratory viruses.
If you do come down with the flu the best thing you can do it drink plenty of water, keep warm and get plenty of rest.
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