Sharp increase in West Texas flu cases

Sharp increase in West Texas flu cases

Each flu season, flu causes millions of illnesses, hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands or sometimes tens of thousands of deaths.

The latest Public Health England figures, released on Thursday, showed that hospitalisation levels for flu are 2.5 times higher than the same point a year ago.

"Stay home, don't go to work, don't go to the gym, don't go to religious services", Schaffner told ABC News. People in close contact with high-risk groups, should get a flu shot to protect themselves and the people in their care.

Symptoms of the flu may come on quickly and may include fever, headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

In the Northeast, flu season typically peaks in January and February and lasts through March. Flu vaccination is recommended for everyone six months of age or older, but is particularly important for those at higher risk of severe influenza, including pregnant women, children under five years of age, the elderly, and people with certain underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, obesity, asthma and heart disease.

Figures from Public Health England show that during the last week of 2017, there were 114 patients newly admitted to intensive care units or high dependency units with flu.

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So what if you're not among the people hospitalized with the flu? .

Flu is a serious illness that sickens millions of people and causes hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands of deaths in the USA each year.

Doctors think the increase in flu cases may be in part because the flu vaccine may be less effective than usual this season.

Experts say that even among vaccinated people who are infected by the flu virus, their illness is likely to be less severe.

The flu is worse than the common cold, and flu symptoms are more intense. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub and rub your hands together well. The fast lane for access to your insides are all those openings in your head; your eyes, nose, mouth and ears. If you do get sick, stay home until you're well again, so you don't spread more germs. Influenza frequently leads to pneumonia that can be prevented by the pneumococcal vaccine.

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