Department of Health Urges Flu Shots as Influenza on the Rise

22 December, 2017, 01:22 | Author: Lynne Higgins
  • Health Department reports first flu-related death of the season in El Paso

Health officials say flu cases are widespread in Arizona with more than 2,600 cases reported than this time previous year.

In Ohio, flu activity is increasing with numbers rising above the five-year average, according to the Ohio Department of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Flu season lasts from October through May.

Health officials say during the past two flu seasons, Arizona did not reach widespread activity until February.

The Department of Public Health and El Paso Fire Department held a vaccine clinic on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at the EPFD's Safety and Health Outreach Center, 5415 Trowbridge Drive. "The highest number of flu-related hospitalizations has occurred among those who are older than 50 years of age, as well as children younger than 5, which are both groups at greater risk of experiencing severe illness and complications due to flu", the health department said in a statement on November 30. "That means for hospitals in particular, employees who have not had the flu vaccine need to start masking and doing the extra protections to protect themselves and our patients from spreading the flu". Keep your hands clean by washing. Also, experts suggest getting the flu shot.

"The actual vaccine effectiveness was overall about 33 percent", said Wu.

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These factors-combined with the administration's heavy cuts to the CDC and related programs that focus on everything from health and research to our overuse of antibiotics and drug-resistant infections-may be putting us just one mutation away from a flu pandemic. If you do get sick, stay home until you're well again, so you don't spread more germs.

The ACIP says symptoms, in rare instances, include fever, muscle pain, and discomfort or weakness, which typically go away after a day or two.

Opponents of the flu vaccine counter that life-threatening reactions can be caused by the shot, including brain inflammation and even death.

Brzezny said people with asthma, diabetes, chronic lung disease, heart disease, and people over 65 are among those who are at higher risk.

"They've had it since, like, three months ago", Perez said.

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