Fatal flu season is not over yet

Fatal flu season is not over yet

The Johnson County Health Department said 10 schools have reported greater than 10 percent absenteeism due to influenza-like illness in the last week. One bright spot is in OR, which is reporting fewer cases of flu and hopefully an indication that influenza cases are on the decline in the West.

The medical system also is asking the public to not bring any children under 18 to the emergency department, outpatient or doctor visits, unless the appointment is for the child. Influenza Type A continues to be the most prominent with 1,920 patients.

Fifty-three pediatric deaths have been attributed to the flu during the 2017-2018 season, with 17 deaths nationwide reported in the last week. But the epidemic is accelerating.

Wichita schools have reported seeing a spike in illnesses in their students - though it's nearly impossible to tell how many students specifically caught the flu this year, spokeswoman Susan Arensman said. The flu season runs through late May.

"That's really going to help to prevent the spread of influenza and other respiratory diseases that are circulating right now", Martin said.

Residents may also wish to contact their local health care provider or pharmacy about getting a flu shot. Only about 40% of people under the "young adult" denomination has gotten a shot this year.

Last week, the number of people in hospitals with flu-like illness increased from 6.6 percent to 7.1 percent, the third highest rate of flu-related hospitalizations recorded in the last 15 years, according to CDC officials.

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A number of factors aligned this flu season, including the fact that the vaccine against the main strain of the flu is particularly ineffective.

In January, more than 12 percent of all doctor's visits in Kansas - and almost 15 percent in the Wichita area - were made because of the flu.

"I had the flu like symptoms for two weeks of coughing congestion the congestion sore ribs sinus. d if it's were free I would have probably taken the flu shot". "The most effective way to protect yourself and your loved ones from the flu is by getting a flu vaccination".

Some steps to prevent the flu include getting vaccinated, staying home if sick, washing hands, staying hydrated, covering up when sneezing or coughing and cleaning recently used items, according to the medical services website.

Dreifuss, 61, worked in a pediatrician's office for years and didn't catch the flu.

Schuchat warned people to be aware of symptoms that could indicate sever illness. And they say it's not too late to get vaccinated.

Health professionals actually encourage that you do get a flu shot, especially as different strands of the flu swirl around.

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