Flu cases on the rise

Currently circulating viruses seem not to have undergone significant antigenic drift

Currently circulating viruses seem not to have undergone significant antigenic drift

“As long as the flu is still circulating in your community, its not too late, ” said Lisa Grohskopf, M.D, Medical Officer at the CDC.

Kern County reported two deaths previous year associated with the flu, and had four severe cases.

Flu season is upon us once again and health officials are encouraging the public to be vigilant and get your flu shot.

Patel said that from May 24 through late October, Will County Hospitals reported a total of 274 admissions for flu-like symptoms.

Those most at risk are young children, older adults and people with compromised immune systems.

To prevent getting the illness, experts say to wash your hands, wear a mask when you're near the sick. In each case, distribution of the flu vaccine begins about 7 months later.

DCHHS said in their most recent report that the most frequently identified influenza type in Dallas County has been influenza type A (87 percent) with the predominant subtype H3N2.

With that, scientists now stress the importance of a universal flu vaccine and are championing new paths away from the egg-based manufacturing process.

The vaccine is about 20 to 30 percent effective against H3N2 - something researchers say was caused by a mutation that occurred in the strain while creating the vaccine.

If feeling unwell, public health advises people to stay home and rest.

In a report released last week, the state's Department of Public Health said an individual older than 65 died from the flu.

Being vaccinated is the safest way to protect against the flu.

Richard Webby, PhD, is a member of the infectious disease department at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and one of a select group of scientists responsible for determining which flu vaccines will be put into circulation each year.

"Or it's possible we'll have more cases overall this year, " she continued.

"Flu is really hard to predict, " she told Capitol Media Services. This particular component is one of the four parts of this year's flu vaccine (and was also in last year's flu vaccine). There are steps you can take in your daily life to help protect you from getting the flu.

Today, H1N1 simply is one of many flu strains that are tracked, and like the others, causes the usual flu symptoms and reappears every so often. When more people are infected with the flu, there's more of a chance that these kids will become infected. This requires employees who have not received the flu vaccine to wear a mask when within 6 feet of any patient or resident care area, as well as when performing patient related tasks in both patient and non-patient care areas.

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