Doctors Are Seeing A Spike In Child Flu Cases

Dekalb County Schools had two schools report flu this year. "Flu vaccine is especially important for people with chronic health conditions, pregnant women, and older adults", Dr. David Kim of the CDC told the outlet.

In Ulster, call the Department of Health flu hotline at 845-340-3093.

People often mistake symptoms of stomach flu, gastroenteritis, for the seasonal flu virus, but the two are not related.

"While flu spreads every year, the timing, severity and length of the season varies from one year to another", Nordlund said.

"Influenza is in its peak season", says epidemiologist Tanis Maxwell, public health program manager for South Central Public Health District.

An elderly Sussex County woman has died from the flu, the Delaware Division of Public Health announced Monday, marking the first flu-related death in Sussex County of the 2016-2017 season.

Tennessee is now among the states with the highest levels of flu activity according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Contact your health care provider right away if you are at high risk of serious flu complications and you get flu symptoms". "If we could get to the point where we could get maybe 90% of the population protected, we would have so many more people protected against cocirculating strains", he said. "So with this little break of warm weather that we're anticipating hopefully that'll help slow these numbers down", said Hall. The agency is urging Ohioans who haven't received the flu vaccine to do so.

While the vaccine is a good match for this year's virus, parents no longer have the flu mist option.

Of course, the flu can usually be prevented by getting vaccinated, and though all kids hate that dreaded fall flu shot, it seems to work well in keeping them healthy.

"Wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your nose, mouth and eyes, and please - stay home if you are ill", Dr. Gail Stanley, an infectious disease physician at Bristol Regional Medical Center said.


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