State health officials issue warning; latest flu trends "alarming"

State health officials issue warning; latest flu trends

State health officials issue warning; latest flu trends "alarming"

Virginia Health officials are warning Williamsburg residents to get their flu shots before it's too late.

There was also a pediatric death from the flu in the last reporting period in Minnesota.

The average age of the victims was 85, and lived across all regions of the state.

"There are 22.7 hospitalizations per 100,000 people", he said, "up from 13.7 last week".

He said very young kids and the elderly are the most vunerable.

A total of 18 people in Ashland County have been hospitalized for flu-related illness since December 1, and 11 of those hospitalizations were in January, Gerwig said. During that same period in 2016, there were 87 influenza-associated hospitalizations.

He also said to get a flu shot if you have notgotten one already.

"One of the great things about the vaccine is even if you get the flu and you've been vaccinated, it could really reduce your symptoms", said Stoughton.

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In Arizona, there are more than 11,000 confirmed flu cases. and likely thousands of others that are not confirmed.

The main flu strain circulating this season called influenza A (H3N2).

Flu season usually runs from September through May, with Pueblo seeing it's first case in October.

The federal Centers for Disease Control is recommending vaccines for all persons six months of age and older. It's inexplicable. It depends on what strain of the virus is responsible for the larger number of infections; and this year, for some particular reasons that we don't know yet, it is being more aggressive with people 65 years and older.

The advice from Werker, Shahab and others is to stay home when you're sick, cough into your sleeve and always wash your hands.

Dr. Michael Chen, a physician at The Portland Clinic in Tigard, tells FOX 12 more people are sick and have gotten the virus earlier than in years past.

People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms: Fever* or feeling feverish/chills; cough; sore throat; runny or stuffy nose; muscle or body aches; headaches; fatigue (tiredness).

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