Flu Season Is Upon Us

Flu Season Is Upon Us

Flu Season Is Upon Us

At present, according to health officials who track flu-related information, the age group accounting for the highest number of ER visits for flu-related symptoms are young children under the age of 5 years followed by tweens and teens.

"Flu season typically does not peak until January or February", the health district said in a press release.

One flu virus circulating, influenza A (H3N2), has been more resistant to flu vaccinations, though Koening said many of those cases have been in Australia where the flu season is winding down, and not predictive of what will happen in the United States.

Dr. Jeffrey D. Howard, acting commissioner of the state Department for Public Health, said there's still time to get a flu shot.

Another nurse expressed worry that if someone who did not get the shot came down with the flu and called in sick, there could be punitive measures taken. Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue.

Last year, there was a flu epidemic. If you do get sick, stay home until you're well again, so you don't spread more germs.

Wash your hands often with soap and water. Vaccination is especially important for pregnant women, the elderly and others at high risk of influenza complications.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone over the age of 6 months receive the influenza vaccine each season. In addition, there are a number of pathogens going around in the winter months, including viruses that might not be included in the vaccine, according to the CDC.

Since Oct. 1, she said the Peterson Regional Medical Center's emergency room has tallied 34 positive tests for flu; and at the Urgent Care Center on Junction Highway, they have counted 20 flu cases.

If 10 tips are too many, Grant said to keep it simple with the "three C's."

Schneeman said one population in particular should consider getting a flu shot.

While you can't predict how the flu season will go, Thompson said so far this season is looking to be pretty serious.

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