10 new flu deaths reported, bringing NC total to 42 this season

Faith Castro
January 19, 2018

For most people, the flu runs its course after one to two weeks.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a flu epidemic is now sweeping the country.

"That's what sick days are for", she said.

CALL - Call or see your doctor if you or your child has a fever greater than 100 degrees.

"We're getting reports every single day about positive flu cases", said Fleming County Health Department Director Stephanie Fryman. She said the district is monitoring the situation and encouraging people to stay home if they are sick.

Noticing an unusually high number of people sneezing, coughing and calling out of the office? Hagen also said some churches are promoting hand waves instead of handshakes.

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Symptoms can be a dry persistent cough, muscle ache, fatigue and weakness, chills and sweats, headache, nasal congestion and sore throat.

Treatment is created to shorten the course of symptoms so you feel sick for fewer days, Hagen said. The flu can also develop into pneumonia, which requires treatment. "The reason for that in emergency medicine there is a lot of overcrowding", Henry said.

That brings the total number of hospitalizations this flu season in Colorado to more than 2,000. Basically it means the flu is within at least half of the regions of our state right now.

"In addition, there are other strains of influenza still to show up that could be a major cause of disease". While reported cases of the flu rose sharply for the week ending January 14, the percentage of visits to emergency departments in Kalamazoo County for flu-like symptoms dipped slightly, the report shows.

Most people who have the flu should stay home to avoid infecting others. But those more likely to experience potentially unsafe complications from flu include: children under 5; adults age 65 or older; pregnant women; people with chronic conditions such as heart, lung, kidney, or liver disease, or diabetes; those who have HIV or who are taking immunosuppressant drugs such as prednisone (Deltasone, Prednicot, others and generic) or drugs used in cancer chemotherapy.

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