Reported flu cases triple locally

Flu season activity is increasing across Pennsylvania headed into the holidays although it remains on pace with previous year's flue seasons

Brown said Thursday that Sandusky County has reported four flu-related hospitalizations in December, and nine since the beginning of September.

Wash your hands often with soap and water.

"Flu vaccination prevents millions of illnesses and tens of thousands of flu-related hospitalizations each year in the U.S". But because of the way cases are trending so far, Thompson said the county could be in for a long haul with the season peaking in February or March.

He said: "Over 1,000 extra deaths happened last winter as a result of the flu, not directly but indirectly".

DPH officials report weekly to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) national flu surveillance system. Not being a doctor and with no medical training, I still have an interest in the flu-basically in trying to avoid it, but as an elected official thinking about community health, it is necessary to think more broadly.

Seasonal flu activity
Seasonal flu activity

Experts say that 65 people had to be hospitalized within the last week due to the flu virus, bringing the total number of hospitalizations to 262. "A study published earlier this year in a pediatric journal shows that flu vaccination can significantly reduce a child's risk of dying from influenza", Koening said.

The Peterson Health staff has the following pieces of advice, saying the flu can knock you off your feet; but knowing how to pamper oneself can help you feel better faster.

She said people still describe suffering through cases of the flu as "getting hit by a freight train". In Montana, the flu season usually peaks in January and lasts through May; however, flu outbreaks can be unpredictable.

Speaking on RTÉ's News At One, he said the vaccine has a very safe record. "In order to prevent potentially life-threatening complications among the most vulnerable members of our community, including the elderly, pregnant women and people with underlying health conditions, MCMC has chose to stand with a large part of the health care community and require staff to get the flu vaccine or wear a mask". This will help you recover, but it will also lower the chances of making others sick. For starters, if you are sick, if at all possible, stay home.

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