Samaritan limits visitors during flu season

Samaritan limits visitors during flu season

Another illness seen frequently at St. Mary's is strep throat, which can have similar symptoms to the flu, he said.

Gowanlock said that doesn't mean people should assume the flu won't be bad this season, and health officials continue to advise residents who have not received a flu shot to arrange to get one.

The influenza season has finally become widespread in South Dakota. "We are typically seeing a strain, the H3N2 strain, that can be more severe than other strains".

A child in the central part of North Carolina died from the flu, the first pediatric death of the season, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

Mission Health team members and visitors can help prevent the spread of influenza by practicing frequent hand hygiene, staying home if they are sick and getting an annual influenza vaccine. Six of those adults were 65 or older.

"While flu vaccination is still recommended for people who have not yet gotten vaccinated, antiviral drugs are an important second line of defense that can be used to treat flu illness", the USA agency added.

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The designated support people need to be free of flu symptoms and carefully follow infection control guidelines, such as hand washing.

The CDC is reporting an increase in cases of the H3N2 flu strain, but Modi said doctors just test for the flu, not the specific strain.

To avoid contracting the flu, public health officials recommend that people wash their hands regularly, avoid touching their eyes, nose or mouth, avoid contact with people who are sick, and get a flu shot.

The effectiveness of vaccines varies from year to year, but recent CDC studies show that vaccination reduces the risk of catching the illness by 40 to 60 percent when the circulating virus is matched closely to the vaccine virus.

"Older adults, individuals with chronic health conditions, pregnant women, young children and infants are more vulnerable to flu illness".

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