2017-18 flu season expected to be one of worst in years

Monroe County reports first flu death of season

In the first week of January, there were 1,750 new confirmed flu-associated hospitalizations in OH compared to 925 the week before. There have been 3,854 total flu-associated hospitalizations in OH since flu season began last October.

"Getting a flu vaccine is the best way to protect you, family members, and others from the flu and help keep our community healthy", said Cumberland County Health Director Mindy Doyle.

The most recent update to the Walgreen's Flu Index finds Kentucky ranking at No. 14 for states with the heaviest cases of diagnosed influenza.

H3N2 has been responsible for some of the worst flu seasons in the United States of America in recent years, including the 2006-2007, 2012-2013, and 2014-2015 bouts.

Two more patients died of Swine Flu at Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Soura, taking the death toll to 27 this season. "But time is short and we hope you get vaccinated soon, if you haven't".

It can take up to two weeks to build full immunity to influenza following a vaccination, so people should get shots immediately, the department said.

A study in Australia found the current flu vaccine was only 10 percent effective against one particular flu strain, known as Influenza A, H3N2.

The state tracks only deaths from flu of patients younger than 65; the total death toll is much higher than figures reported statewide. H3N2-dominant flu seasons are associated with more severe illness, especially among children and older adults. She said in order for the CDC to produce the correct vaccination, it must correctly predict what type of flu strain will be prevalent. The vaccine's effectiveness against those strains has been found to be closer to 50 to 60 percent, he said.

He added that both children and pregnant women are among those at higher risk due to the flu, as are people over the age of 63.

It's not too late to get your flu shot.

"The biggest thing is that if we are asking those people to stay home if you're having any signs of coughing, sneezing, fever, diarrhea, runny nose, and any of those under the age of 14 just to refrain from visiting our facility at this time", said Cory Unverferth, Manager of Infection Prevention for Mercy Health St. Rita's. "If you are sick, please stay home to prevent further spread of the virus".



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