Published: Fri, February 17, 2017
Health Care | By Jeffery Armstrong

Weekly flu cases reach seasonal high in San Diego

Weekly flu cases reach seasonal high in San Diego

All of the hospitals operated by Mountain States Health Alliance and Wellmont Health System have put in place visitation restrictions in order to protect patients, officials announced on Monday. Given what doctors and public health officials are seeing now, there is likely to be a repeat this year, she said, with the caveat that it's impossible to accurately call the peak until rates start to decline.

The symptoms which can last a week or more and may range from a sudden onset of chills, a fever of 100 degrees or higher, cough, sore throat, body aches, fatigue and/or nausea, Goldberg said. That number was 5 percent in San Diego County.

This year's flu shot reduced the risk of influenza-associated medical visits by approximately half compared with no vaccination, the most recent CDC data indicate. 5, and the number grew to 91 cases from February 6-12.

"Vaccination is the key to protecting people at risk and the rest of the population; it's the best tool for that", Morrow said. During the same time span a year ago, the county reported only 12 flu deaths. All reported hospitalizations must be reported to a local health department. The typical flu season begins in October and ends in May. That's well above the "national baseline" for flu visits - the threshold for what's typically seen in the off-season - which is 2.2 percent.

Flu is still widespread, the CDC team said.

"Right now it looks on track to be a moderately severe H3N2 season", said Flannery.

The flu shots will be available at no charge to both adults and children.

"We sent home any students who presented any symptoms of flu and instructed parents not to allow them to return until they were fever- and symptom-free for 24 hours", McMillan said. With three convenient, top-rated locations in the greater Orlando area, GuideWell Emergency Doctors offers affordable walk-in and urgent care treatment by board certified emergency medicine doctors.

"Anyone, even healthy people, can get the flu and serious problems related to the flu can happen at any age".

Good health habits also can go a long way in preventing the flu, such as washing your hands often to protect yourself from germs.

"While people in certain age groups may develop different levels of immunity, the vaccine reduces the chances of getting flu by about 50 to 60 percent or more when the vaccine viruses are like the ones circulating in the community", said Dr. Karen Landers, a health officer for the state health department.

Although the current vaccine includes protection against H3N2, the CDC said viruses in that category evolve so quickly and frequently it's hard for vaccine-makers to anticipate the changes.

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