Published: Tue, January 09, 2018
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Healthy Living: Washington sees spike in flu cases statewide

Healthy Living: Washington sees spike in flu cases statewide

As with every winter season where the influenza virus is most predominately active, the activity has not only begun earlier than normal in the United States, this H3N2 strain is hitting Americans particularly hard at the start of the 2018 flu season, Healthline reported. As the flu is a viral infection, antibiotic drugs are completely useless against it, and antiviral drugs only serve to make symptoms potentially milder or shorter. "It might just be starting earlier".

So far this flu season, at least 3,927 people have been sent to the hospital with laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza.

But the year before that, in 2013, there were far fewer, with 216 intensive care unit admissions and five outbreaks.

Flu activity is increasing sharply across the state, averaging above the last two years' peak levels at this time, according to the latest flu report from the state health department. Several hospital systems, including Northwestern Medicine hospitals and the 12 Advocate Health Care hospitals across Chicagoland and central IL, have done so.

Cook County public health officials Friday also instituted a screening policy at its hospitals to cut the risk of transmission to already ill people.

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Children under 12 won't be allowed to visit patients at Stroger or Provident hospitals at all.

You may have heard that the flu that's doing the most damage this year is an H3N2 strain, and that it is less vulnerable to the vaccine.

In a letter to GPs, PHE said: 'It is possible that flu will be seen among individuals, both staff and patients, who have accepted this vaccination'.

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Public Health England has announced that the trivalent vaccine is not effective against influenza B, a common strain of the flu which is now circulating.

There are a number of factors that come into play for especially severe flu seasons, Dowell said.

"People who have genuinely true influenza say that they feel like they got run over by a truck", Citronberg said.

A positive flu test result is not necessary for a health care provider to prescribe an antiviral medication.

Even though the vaccine is not ideal and is not a guarantee against all flu-like illnesses, Welch said everyone should consider getting the flu shot. An immunized person may still get sick, but there's a chance it won't be as serious. It would be effective for the rest of the season, which typically lasts through April.

Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University, told CNN previously that "when we measure vaccine effectiveness, that's effectiveness against protecting against disease completely".

"Public health is our first priority, and I strongly encourage community members to get vaccinated and help prevent the spread of the flu".

Ambulances are also suffering, with patients having to wait in emergency vehicles until A&E staff are free to transport them.

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