The findings raise many critical questions, she said, such as what data might help clinicians distinguish between those who die and those who don't, and if there are biomarkers that might help predict disease severity.
The CDC is reporting "spot shortages" of antiviral drugs used to combat the virus. But she's still urging Delawareans to get the flu vaccine. "I wish there was better news this week, but nearly everything we're looking at is bad news", Dr. Anne Schuchat, acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said during a news conference Friday.
In comparison, in 2017, Emory's Student Health Services saw 27 cases of flu or flu-like illness from January 1 through mid-February. Dr. Rattay said it is likely there will be elevated flu activity for many weeks to come. "So yes, you can get the flu despite the flu vaccine", Dr. Lopez says. Most insurance plans cover flu shots with no copay. "The worst case scenario is that it doesn't work for you, while the best case scenario is it prevents you from getting sick". Utilize the hand sanitizer dispensers across campus for another barrier between you and the virus.
"You also can help reduce the spread of flu through simple good health habits, like staying away from people who are sick, frequently washing your hands and covering your cough and sneeze", says Schuchat who stressed staying home if you're sick, "For those who are already sick, please stay home from work or school". A quarter of the hospital's emergency department visits are by patients with flu, and the hospital has added nursing staff and placed some beds in hallways to accommodate the increase, Marchetti said.
The CDC, along with the World Health Organization, make their recommendations for the flu vaccine, and the FDA approves the best option to be produced in the United States. "Those vaccinated patients who still get influenza are less sick and will be less likely to spread the virus", he says. People should stay at home until they have gone 24 hours without fever, without the use of fever-reducing medications.
Tran said she usually gets the flu shot but didn't get around to it this year.
Other vaccines are also available. Symptoms can also include body aches, headache, chills, runny nose, and feeling very exhausted. Sadly, all five pediatric flu deaths reported in Florida to date this year were in unvaccinated children. The virus that causes influenza spreads from person to person through coughing or sneezing, as well as through direct contact with infected people and contaminated surfaces or objects.
GHA is working closely with state agencies to monitor and develop strategies to combat the flu epidemic.
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