Published: Sat, January 05, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Flu activity on the rise in Mississippi

Flu activity on the rise in Mississippi

Dr Kevin Kelleher, HSE Assistant National Director for Public Health, told Independent.ie that two people were confirmed to have died as a result of the virus while two more deaths are expected to have occurred as a result of it. The agency reported that Influenza A viruses - including H1N1 and H3N2 - have predominated in the United States since the beginning of October.

"Anybody who hasn't been vaccinated should go and get vaccinated", she said.

Galbraith added that it's not too late to get vaccinated against the flu.

No new flu deaths were reported in Oklahoma last week, but 11 so far this season.

But people are taking no chances with this year's flu strain. This year's flu shot, which is engineered to anticipate the types of flu that will be prevalent, appears to be effective. According to the North Carolina Public Health Division, flu-like illness in the state has reached more than 2 percent and local transmission has increased.

Arkansas recorded 227 deaths last flu season, which was the most on record for the past three decades.

Dr. William Schaffner, who studies the flu, says that's not unusual; when flu kills a child, it often happens quickly.

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It is not too late to get the flu shot, for those who have not done so yet.

Minnesota's 2017-18 flu season peaked at more than 650 hospitalizations. The vaccine is recommended for everyone except infants under the age of 6 months.

The sooner you get the flu vaccine, the better. "That you will catch the virus, and I have talked to many pharmacists and they say that's not true".

When you are sick, try to limit your contact with others.

"Lots of hand washing".

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.

Getting a flu shot should be at the top of the list for those at high risk for flu, including the elderly and people with heart disease or lung disease and pregnant women.

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