Flu cases starting to surge, with kids and teens especially vulnerable: doctors

Flu cases starting to surge, with kids and teens especially vulnerable: doctors

Flu cases starting to surge, with kids and teens especially vulnerable: doctors

"Vaccination - although not ideal - still prevents many infections completely, and even if you get influenza having received the vaccine, your illness is much more likely to be milder, and you're less likely to get the complications of pneumonia and having to be hospitalized".

As of the end of December, the rate of outpatient visits for influenza-like illnesses (ILIs) had almost doubled from the national baseline, as the 2018-19 influenza (flu) season continues to see a variation of influenza A strains predominately affect the country.

New Mexicans who still haven't gotten a flu shot for whatever reason this season - procrastination, neglect or a mistaken sense of invulnerability are among the likely candidates - still have time to hedge their bets against what can be a debilitating, even deadly, illness.

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"On a weekly basis we're seeing more and more cases of the flu", said director of urgent care for Primary Health Medical Group Dr. Derek Hamblin.

Twenty-four states and Guam were reporting widespread influenza activity - meaning the virus has spread to many parts of the state, regardless of severity - as of December 29, the latest date included in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) weekly flu report. For people without healthcare coverage, regular flu vaccine is $25 and high dose flu vaccine is $65. "Less often, a person might get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes".

Since the 1970s, two major Type A flu varieties have coexisted: H3N2 and H1N1. "This is a tragic reminder that the flu can still kill, and that children are particularly susceptible to the illness", he said in the release. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for protection to set in.

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It can be hard to predict, but so far it appears the 2018/19 season will peak in late January and early February.

Pregnant women or people with medical conditions related to their heart, lungs or immune system are encouraged to ask their primary care provider about antiviral medication as soon as they get symptoms.

It also highlights the need for influenza vaccine effectiveness estimates and the importance of the U.S. Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness Network in providing updated information for committee recommendations, he said.

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Although most people who get the flu recover within a few days or a couple of weeks, some can develop pneumonia and life-threatening complications. Hospitals do not offer flu shots or routinely test for the flu.

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