Published: Fri, January 11, 2019
Health Care | By Terrence Lopez

Providence hospitals taking precautions after uptick in flu cases

Providence hospitals taking precautions after uptick in flu cases

On Thursday, the Oklahoma State Department of Health reported the first influenza-associated death in Oklahoma County for the 2018-2019 flu season.

Overall, there have been 1,988 lab confirmed cases since the beginning of September, as of the week ending January 5.

While that number is slightly down from the same period last year, with at least four young children losing their lives to the virus in Saskatchewan alone and more than 400 being hospitalized across the county - more than double the number of pediatric hospitalizations compared with this time last season - health-care workers are warning that kids are particularly vulnerable to this year's dominant influenza strain.

"As an example, people with influenza can feel extreme fatigue with little energy to get out of bed", says Dr. Warshawsky.

If you get the flu, your doctor may prescribe antiviral drugs to treat your flu symptoms.

Those with flu symptoms are advised to visit their primary care doctor, a Lee Health Convenient Care, walk-in or urgent care center.

CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot every year.

Flu activity is on the rise across the USA, the CDC reports, and New York City is experiencing high increases. Any flu infection can carry a risk of serious problems, hospitalization, or death, even among people who are otherwise healthy. "Because it's been around now for ten years, it's become one of our regular influenza viruses", Hoyano said.

Get your flu shot each year.

Hu said the prevalent flu strain this year has been H1N1, which has a higher risk to younger people.

Over the winter season, 197 lab confirmed cases appeared at Island Health centres.

He is also encouraging parents with children six months and older to get their children immunized, and urging women who are pregnant to be vaccinated, since this provides some protection for newborns who are not old enough to get the vaccine themselves.

Flu symptoms can include fever or chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headache and tiredness.

With the flu, most people report a sudden onset of symptoms.

It's also important to consider that the flu vaccine has been shown to be one of the safest vaccines available. The U.S. CDC typically announces initial vaccine effectiveness for the season in February, after collecting data.

"So we're probably on track to coming up to more of our peak activity in the next couple of weeks or so".

Medical health officer Rakel Kling told CBC's Daybreak North host Carolina de Ryk that the whole province, but the North in particular, are experiencing a higher-than-average rate of influenza this season.

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