Two women die from flu virus in Tulare County

Two women die from flu virus in Tulare County

Another factor is a fear of getting the flu from the vaccine.

The increase in cases caused the hospital on Tuesday to issue visitation restrictions until the cases drop.

The reason for believing there's a potential weakness in the vaccine, Tam said, is the fact that countries in the Southern Hemisphere, which have their flu season before Northern Hemisphere countries, experienced "poor vaccine effectiveness" against H3N2, a subtype of influenza A that tends to cause more severe illness among vulnerable people, including the elderly and children.

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

This year's vaccine is said to be 10%-to-30% effective.

Harding said last year's flu season wasn't as tough because the CDC did get the vaccine right then.

Of course, officials say it's never too late to get a flu shot.

"We try to be sensitive and practical", said Kitchen.

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Experts warn this year's flu season could be worst than other years and with school back in session, it means its open season for the flu virus to spread.

The antiviral medications work best when started within two days of the onset of symptoms; even after two days, these medications can be beneficial.

Complications of flu can include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma or diabetes. The South has been suffering with flu for several weeks, and it may have peaked there, she said.

Echoing the hand-washing theme is Tom Schlueter, public information officer for the Kane County Health Department.

Patients should be aware of long wait lines and if you have minor flu or flu-like symptoms, don't go to the ER to avoid straining resources. But Harding said that is not the case at FMC.

Get vaccinated. The list of reasons to avoid vaccination is short (such as having a severe reaction to the vaccine in the past); and no, the standard injected flu vaccine can not cause you to get the flu. Harding said those with the flu should limit their exposure to those in the at-risk categories and seek treatment for their symptoms.

Specifically, cases of H3N2, a strain of influenza A, are high.

Because people can be contagious for up to a week after the onset of symptoms, they are asked not to visit anyone in the hospital or accompany someone to appointments until they are symptom free.

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