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New Jersey flu 2018: Number of cases in state hits milestone

New Jersey flu 2018: Number of cases in state hits milestone”

The hope is to provide some additional protection and possibly reduce the spread of the virus and the length of the flu season. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.

Dr. Matt Byrd, chief of staff at PCHS, said the flu lasts about seven days and a person should stay home from work/school until they are 24 hours fever-free. The influenza virus can influence other health problems such as pneumonia.

Flu vaccination rates for adults in recent years hover just over 40 percent, according to the CDC.

The Sedgwick County Department of Health is urging residents to get a flu shot if they haven't already - because we're not through the worst of the flu season.

While flu shots have been available for months, CDC recommends that all unvaccinated individuals get the shot as quickly as possible, as flu season may not have peaked. "Studies show people that get flu shots are less likely to have a virulent course than people that don't", Dr. Castellaw said.

Health department clinics across the state are providing vaccines at no charge.

The flu season has been a particularly bad one and is shaping up to have a record number of hospitalizations nationally. You can develop the flu even after getting the flu shot, but the course of the virus is usually less severe.

Other ways people can get the flu is by touching their nose or mouth after touching a dirty surface. He said most experts believe that flu viruses are spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk.

"We took her to the doctor two Fridays ago and they swabbed her nose and she tested positive for influenza A. That Saturday, she woke up, she was really weak". Most are of people age 65 and older, but there have also been two of people in the 0-18 age group; five among ages 19-49; and 15 among ages 50 to 64.

Jernigan said hospitalization rates in OR are double what they were in 2014-15. Anyone who experiences more severe symptoms such as trouble breathing, pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen, difficulty eating or drinking, or confusion should contact their health care provider or seek emergency care.



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