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Health officials say more needs to be done to protect from flu

Health officials say more needs to be done to protect from flu

While cases have been reported in every county, the flu's presence is still considered "regional" and the majority of the cases have been in the southeast, the department reported.

"The number of cases at this point is high enough that we are concerned and we're certainly feeling the impact", she said.

Two people have died from influenza in McLean County, and area hospitals are taking precautions to make sure the infection doesn't spread to their patients.

What comes next is still unclear.

This year in southern hemisphere countries such as Australia, which has its flu season in our summer months, the effectiveness was as low as 10 per cent. Overall, she said, "predicting is really tricky".

KAMLOOPS - 'Tis the season for holiday cheer, and on occasion, holiday illness. The State has reported more than 300 lab-confirmed flu cases and 46 hospitalizations from the flu.

Landers said it's not too late to get a flu shot to protect against this illness, adding that it takes a couple of weeks to become protected after receiving the vaccine. And, if you do get the vaccine and get sick, usually it's less severe.

"It protects the old, the young, the vulnerable", Taus said. "Now, as far as how effective they are at fighting those viruses, it's yet to be seen".

Monica Leyba, chief nurse executive at Christus St. Vincent, recommended that anyone with a fever above 101 degrees or with difficulty breathing seek out their doctor or an emergency facility.

"People can develop pneumonia and other respiratory complications from it that will land someone in the hospital, particularly the elderly", Martin said.

You can also prevent the spread of flu by washing your hands well and disinfecting common high-touch surfaces.

DHSS Director Dr. Randall Williams said, "We know that historically, the intensity or prevalence of flu can vary from year to year". Both he and the state health department are urging you to still get the Flu shot if you haven't already because it offers protection against a number of different Flu strains.

In a way, he thinks the "informal gatekeeping" that seniors develop with their friends and neighbors is just as important to keep them safe and healthy.

"We've seen increases in cases here since Thanksgiving".


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