Montana flu cases still on the rise

Joy Montgomery
January 14, 2017

The flu shot takes effect in about two weeks. That compares with a total of three for all of the month of December and a total of 11 for the entire flu season.

The CDC is warning this years flu season is going to be worse than the last.

"Once you're exposed to influenza virus, you can become contagious 24 hours before symptoms up until a week after you are exposed", says Bergen County Assistant Health Officer Karen Alelis.

"It's always heartbreaking to learn that someone died of the flu, and we are just now beginning to enter peak flu season", said Indiana State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams, M.D., M.P.H. "And it's not uncommon to see a second wave of influenza B, because right now we haven't seen much B".

Despite that, the proportion of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza remained below epidemic threshold. CDC data show that about half of children hospitalized with flu over the last several years did not have an underlying medical condition.

Geographically, flu was reported to be widespread in 21 states and Puerto Rico, up from 12 states the week before. While most cases of flu are mild, there are exceptions.

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This week, the State Health Department reported every county in New Jersey is at the highest level of flu activity.

This winter around 400 more local NHS staff have taken up the offer of a free flu jab to help protect themselves as well as their patients, colleagues and their family.

Public Heath Wales (PHW) said the flu strain now circulating could be particularly serious for older people, but the number of young adults and teenagers visiting Global Positioning System with symptoms had also increased.

"Certainly of what is reported so far the highest incidence is in the elderly", Lund said.

Each year, flu causes millions of illnesses, hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands or sometimes tens of thousands of deaths in the United States. Flu vaccine is recommended for everyone six months of age and up, and is especially important for people who are at increased risk for severe complications from the flu, and for health care providers and others who are in close contact with people who may have influenza. One of those highly infectious diseases in Swine Flu or Pig flu and its virus being referred as Swine influenza virus (SIV) or swine-origin influenza virus (S-OIV).

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