Increased flu activity in Johnson County

Grant Boone
January 15, 2020

Even if you or your children do catch the flu, you're more likely to get a milder case that you can bounce back faster from, with the flu shot in your system. "At the same time, I encourage private healthcare providers to procure the influenza vaccine through private distributors, in order to provide for the general population", Tufton said. When it comes to Influenza B, 75% of the cases involved people who were not vaccinated.

So far this year Winnebago County has seen 600 cases of the flu, 200 of those occurred in the last week.

The county agency issued an advisory on January 8 warning residents that the flu season had not yet peaked and urging people to take appropriate precautions.

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"For elderly adults, the virus that normally has the greatest impact in terms of hospitalization and mortality is [influenza A] H3N2, so. we won't see the impact in terms of hospitalization or death", Piedra said. "That is unique, but every year we have something unique that happens with flu", virologist Pedro Piedra, MD, of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, told MedPage Today. However, only influenza deaths involving pediatric patients and pregnant women are reportable in Tennessee. "It's not a very good match for B/Victoria, ' said Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, reported CNN".

Public health says a man over the age of 60 has died of complications related to influenza infection. Health experts believe the increased number of deaths has to do with the type of Influenza that is circulating. The Type B strain has pros and cons.

It should be noted the flu strains circulating to date are incorporated in the vaccine that's been administered here in Quebec, and it's not too late to get the vaccine. "People transmit it by coughing and sneezing in public", Alvarado says.

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