Region among state's highest for flu cases, officials warn


Region among state's highest for flu cases, officials warn

The state may be four to six weeks away from seeing a peak.

As parts of the country are starting to see relief, Levine said those in the Northeast shouldn't let their guard down, "We have every right to believe the flu will get worse in Vermont".

This is really record-breaking.

Prior to implementing visitation restrictions, Mountain States and Wellmont hospitals were already taking a number of precautions, including providing protective masks at all entrances and designating separate waiting areas for patients experiencing fever and flu-like symptoms. The last time the percentage of visits was this high was in the 2014-2015 flu season.

As of Friday, the DPH said there have been 15 flu-associated deaths so far this season in people over the age of 65.

Thousands of college students are making their return to the Brazos Valley, and health officials are expecting another spike in flu cases.

Kendall says flu season generally begins with influenza A and ends with influenza B, but this year, the strains are being detected in fairly equal numbers early in the season.

This year's flu season has been markedly worse than those of the last few years.

Another result of the harsh flu season is the number of influenza outbreaks in Kentucky's long-term care facilities.

"Even a 30 percent effectiveness rate can save many lives", Dr. Jeffrey Gunzenhauser, Los Angeles County's interim health officer, said at a press conference this week.

"Our hospital rates and our ICU rates, they're up there, but they're always in the expected and accepted ranges", said Rusk.

The most vulnerable are people 65 years and older, children, people with chronic illnesses like diabetes and pregnant women, but the CDC says they are seeing an increase in the data of baby boomers over the age of 55.

The flu clinic has been rescheduled for 3:30-5:30 p.m. January 17 at the health district's Mentor office at 5966 Heisley Road. Children easily pass around the flu and other viruses at day-care centers and schools, causing kids to be a key "vector" for spreading the germs, he said.

Even though flu activity has probably peaked, the forecast for next three months is grim.

Dr. Fredrick Echols, the director of the department's Communicable Disease Control Services, said the specific cause for the increase in influenza cases is unknown.

The London, Birmingham, Sheffield and Leeds branches we spoke to said they were completely out of stock, and could not confirm when new supplies would be received.

Tamiflu, on the other hand, which comes in capsules, costs between $50 and $60 before insurance and requires a prescription, and generally reduces the length of time someone is sick with the flu by a couple days.