Cold and Flu Season Takes Nasty Turn In Bloomington-Normal

Joy Montgomery
December 22, 2017

The bulk are in the Phoenix metro area, but Coconino County also reports an increase this year with 77 confirmed cases.

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The flu virus indirectly resulted in the death of 1,000 people in Ireland last season, according to Mr Kelleher. But because of the way cases are trending so far, Thompson said the county could be in for a long haul with the season peaking in February or March.

This report covers flu surveillance for the 28 counties that comprise Region 8.

"Most of the increase came around Thanksgiving", Burton said.

During the week of December 3, Mountain States and Wellmont hospitals recorded 54 positive flu cases. It is now 2017 there are many vaccines available at the local drug store, clinic, and the health department.

If you have a flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone.

"Children are super-spreaders of flu".

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'Tis the season for family get-togethers and office Christmas parties-and that means lots of germs spreading around right in the middle of cold and flu season. Although most people fully recover from the flu, some experience severe illness like pneumonia and respiratory failure, and the flu can sometimes be fatal.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone over the age of 6 months receive the influenza vaccine each season.

"The influenza vaccine protects against multiple strains of flu", said Stacey Anderson of the DPHHS Communicable Disease Epidemiology section.

If 10 tips are too many, Grant said to keep it simple with the "three C's."

"They've had it since, like, three months ago", Perez said. Young children and adults 65 and older are more at risk of being contaminated by the flu.

If people do get sick after a shot, the CDC said it could be because the protection doesn't kick in for two weeks from the time of injection, a time when a person is vulnerable.

"I just want to do my job without fear or retribution or being singled out", said one nurse. If you have not heard from your GP, please contact them as soon as possible to make an appointment.

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