Lee County sees jump in flu cases

Lynn Cook
January 11, 2019

Overall, there have been 1,988 lab confirmed cases since the beginning of September, as of the week ending January 5.

This year's flu season has a far different profile than last year's: it began earlier and the predominant circulating A strain is H1N1, the viral type that caused the pandemic in 2009-2010 but hasn't made much of an appearance for the last few years.

Dr. Wu recommended people to get their flu shot as the first preventative measure. We also work with outpatient departments within the Henry Ford and University of MI health systems to figure out what the vaccine does to prevent people going to the doctor to treat their flu symptoms.

If you can't get a flu shot there are other things you can do to stay healthy this flu season.

"So there is no reason why people should not get the flu shot this year".

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Starting this week, hospital employees and volunteers who did not get a flu shot must wear masks.

"Flu season has arrived, and the CDC is reporting widespread influenza activity in our region". The sufferer was a 3-year-old girl who died December 21 at Rush-Copley Medical Heart. "In addition, we have vaccinated against this strain of H1N1 in 2009 and every year since", says Dr. Warshawsky. We still need to do more research to determine if it's actually helping prevent transmission of the flu from one person to another.

Anyone experiencing trouble breathing, high fever that lasts for several days or those with chronic health conditions are advised to see a physician. You will typically suffer from a cough, fever, sore throat, runny nose, headache, body aches, chills, and fatigue.

At least four children in IL died from the flu a year ago.

It also found there have only been 11 flu outbreaks in long-term care facilities this season compared to 61 in 2017-18 and 93 in 2016-17.

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Twelve-year-old Quinton Kequahtooway, for example, is very lucky to be alive.

Data from the Public Health Agency of Canada, moreover, shows flu season has still yet to peak, meaning that Canadians young and old alike will still be at risk of contracting the infectious disease for weeks to come. For more information on how you can get the flu vaccine at no cost, visit Flu Vaccine on the TRICARE website.

The CDC reviews the effectiveness of the vaccine each year and often bases expectations on how virulent the strain was and how it was treated in the southern hemisphere, such as Australia.

We report these findings back to the CDC, and they use that information to help determine how to formulate future vaccines.

Other illnesses common to campus this time of year include colds and viruses, namely norovirus, a virus unrelated to the flu that causes inflammation of the stomach or intestines and is characterized by diarrhea, vomiting, nausea and stomach pain.

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