An Early….and Tough….Flu Season in Beatrice Area

Administering a flu vaccination to a patient is Terri Buratczuk clinical director of the Tri City Health Partnership a free health clinic in St. Charles that provides services for those who are uninsured or underinsured

Administering a flu vaccination to a patient is Terri Buratczuk clinical director of the Tri City Health Partnership a free health clinic in St. Charles that provides services for those who are uninsured or underinsured

The World Health Organization reports flu activity is also high throughout much of Europe this season.

Byrne says wash your hands to keep from catching the flu.

Vaccination is recommended for everyone over the age of six months, and the vaccination is available at physicians' offices and local clinics, at many local pharmacies, and through the Health & Human Services Agency (HHSA) immunization program.

More outbreaks have been reported so far this year than in previous years at this time, indicating a more severe influenza season.

Health officials locally and statewide said people who experience flu symptoms - fever, chills, sore throat, muscle aches, headaches or nasal congestion - should contact their doctor.

"Flu is hard to predict", said ODH Medical Director Dr. Clint Koenig.

Influenza is so rampant in North Texas that Dallas Methodist Hospital is actually having to turn away patients with non-severe cases of the illness. That compares to 13 at the same time past year.

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Like Harding, Nash said she has read that an influenza strain has hit the country that health officials were not expecting.

Rodriguez said that even if the vaccine is weak this year, vaccinating is still the most important thing county residents can do to avoid getting sick and mitigate the illness if they do get sick.

Medical Superintendent SKIMS, Dr S. Amin Tabish told Rising Kashmir that there was only one H1N1 positive patient at the isolation ward of the hospital at present and he is being treated.

Cases of the flu continue to rise in Monroe County, and one person has died as a result of the virus. People need to be allowed to stay home when they're sick, and they need to be allowed to stay home to care for their young children when they are sick. To date, there have been no reports of pediatric death associated with flu.

Bogoch said the potential weakness in the flu vaccine's ability to protect against the H3N2 strain is an issue this year, noting he's seen early data suggesting it may be only 10 per cent effective.

Anyone who is particularly at risk - including the elderly and those with heart and/or lung conditions - should seek immediate medical attention if they show flu-like symptoms.

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