Risk still exists as flu season winds down

Risk still exists as flu season winds down

He says, generally speaking, the flu season lasts into March, but there are cases right through April.

The Ministry says this has helped to address the waiting times caused by the increase in demand.

"Influenza vaccination could reduce ICU admission and death in these patients, by reducing the severity of the disease", they said. "The flu" is unpleasant for everyone, but is particularly risky for children under 5 years old, people over 50, pregnant women, and people with underlying health problems like COPD, heart disease, or diabetes, where it can sometimes require hospitalization and be life threatening.

She said that emergency and critical surgeries would continue as scheduled.

But studies diverge when it comes to assessing the effectiveness of the vaccine in reducing the most severe effects of the flu: ICU admissions and death of patients whose vaccine did not prevent them from getting infected. That includes 28 hospitalizations for the week ending Jan. 12 and 46 hospitalizations the first week in January.

There were 14 schools in the state reporting flu outbreaks the week of January 12 out a total of 39 outbreak reports this season.

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The same is true at long-term care facilities, with no outbreaks reported in the past two weeks and only two reports this season. The average age of those hospitalized was 9 months. Pregnant women and representatives of the risk groups are primarily recommended to undergo vaccination, which is available free of charge. The fewer opportunities the virus has to spread, the better the chance of fewer people getting sick, sickening others or possibly dying. Avoid touching your nose or mouth.

Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

Cleaning your hands often with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

It added that anyone with flu-like symptoms should stay at home until at least 24 hours after the end of fever.

Covering your mouth and nose if you cough or sneeze. They may prevent serious complications from the flu in people with high risk factors.

Now is the time to get a flu shot-it is not too late.

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