The Flu Nearly Reached Epidemic Levels This Season

Faith Castro
January 11, 2018

Up until December 30, 2017, there were 11,275 laboratory-confirmed cases across the country, 74 per cent of which are attributed to influenza A. There have been a total of 1,050 influenza-related hospitalizations and 34 deaths across the country.

The state has seen over 3,800 flu-associated hospitalizations this season.

Influenza claimed the lives of two people in Northeast Ohio, according to the Cuyahoga County Board of Health. Only pediatric flu deaths are required to be reported, but Tarrant County Public Health does receive some voluntary information from its healthcare community partners.

According to state data, previous year three people had died in influenza, but by the end of the February, it had taken 68 lives in California.

The 2017-18 flu season in OH and nationally is looking similar to what was seen during the 2014-15 flu season which at the time was the most severe flu season in recent years, according to the (CDC).

However, Murti said those figures are an underestimate of the actual number of cases, as most people don't seek medical attention for flu and, therefore, aren't tested.

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- If you do get the flu, go to the doctor for antiviral treatment to help reduce symptom duration.

Getting a flu shot is the best preventative measure and it's never too late, Scherzer added.

In response to all of those people getting sick, Mercy Health St. Rita's has officially made the decision concerning people that are thinking about stopping by and seeing a loved one - if you're feeling sick with the flu, they're asking you to please stay home.

The season could be as severe as the one in 2014-15, officials say, which was the most severe flu season in years. H3N2-dominant flu seasons are associated with more severe illness, especially among children and older adults. The vaccine's effectiveness against those strains has been found to be closer to 50 to 60 percent, he said. She says free vaccines are available at the Health Department on W. Central, as supplies last.

It said, in case of mild fever with sore throat with or without bodyache, headache, diarrhoea and vomiting, the patient neither requires Oseltamivir nor testing.

And when it comes to protecting your children, the Charlotte County School Board Liaison, Mike Riley, says schools are taking every step possible to make sure kids are safe.

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