Community Health Officer informs students of flu and cold season

Kristen Gonzales
January 18, 2018

That's one reason American health officials are urging people to get vaccinated.

The flu virus is spreading so fast across the country, the CDC today called off a meeting on nuclear preparedness to hold an emergency meeting on the flu. It is recommended that people still get the flu vaccination if they have not already.

Doctors at Dartmouth-Hitchcock said they haven't seen an influx of patients yet, but that could change as the state enters to peak of the flu season.

The hospital has had seven confirmed influenza positive cases with long-term care residents and a staff member.However, as of January 5 there had been no new cases of influenza reported and no new symptoms.

That assessment is not exactly accurate, because H3N2 was included in the strains the vaccine protects from this year, she said.

There are still weeks of flu activity to come.

"This is likely to be due to the lack of facilities, antibiotics and vaccines available". That was also the last previous year in which the population experienced a flu pandemic.

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"My wife's turned into pneumonia so it was worse for her than it was for me, we did not get our flu shots, get your flu shots", Collins said.

"I think this season is going to be one of the worst flu seasons with the flu vaccine not being too much of a good coverage this year", Ly said, referring to the H3N2 strain. Elderly people with the flu who experience confusion or weakness likewise require medical attention.

Oxley says Thomas visited the hospital twice in two days - both times diagnosed with the flu and sent home to rest. Common symptoms include a fever, cough, sore throat, headache and exhaustion. But, there are some things you can't control as easily, like where you live or work.

And Bergen cautioned these medications are only partly effective, reducing the length of illness by just a day or two.

A group of the nation's top flu experts is issuing a new warning about this unsafe flu season. Flu season in the United States typically starts in October and ends in May, peaking between December and February.

Some administrators at hospitals with long wait times and crowded ERs have asked people who aren't severely ill to not seek medical treatment.

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