Local counties see 'dramatic rise' in flu hospitalizations

UMass researcher helps predict timing, peak of flu

As of this week, there have been 2,976 cases of flu reported compared to 347 for the same time period in 2016, which is a 758 percent increase in flu activity.

Flu season is underway in ME, and state epidemiologist Dr. Siiri Bennett says the dominant strain this year - influenza A - is particularly virulent.

Thanks to a phenomenon called "genetic drift", the flu virus of this year is never the same as the flu virus of last year.

Flu symptoms come on suddenly with a fever, muscle aches, headache and fatigue - whereas a cold usually starts gradually with a sore throat and a blocked or a runny nose.

You can only get the flu from the influenza virus.

Anyone with an appointment to a physician practice/clinic, the Emergency Center, or other outpatient location will be asked by registration personnel if they are experiencing flu-like symptoms. The most common side effects from the influenza shot are soreness, redness, tenderness or swelling where the shot was given.

The people most at risk for serious complications of the flu - infants and the elderly - need other people to get their flu shots. We will keep the updates coming here at ACSH, but, in the meantime, please take another look at these graphs, realize that this looks like its going to be a rough flu season, and protect yourself and your children.

He said it's not too late to get the flu vaccine.

People with a history of Guillain-Barre syndrome, who have experienced the illness within six weeks of a previous flu vaccine, and people who have had a severe allergic reaction to flu vaccine in the past.

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What's not measured, he said, is what happens if you get the flu.

Dr. Mendoza is reminding people that the flu is a respiratory viral illness, and now is a good time to remind residents about ways to prevent the transmission of the illness.

As with any flu, the Australian flu is highly contagious and can spread quickly.

Of the 870 patients that tested positive for the flu at Allina Health hospitals this season, 120 were admitted and the restrictions will stay in place until the flu is no longer widespread.

The flu virus has spread among hundreds of New Yorkers statewide recently, prompting health officials to require unvaccinated health care workers to wear surgical masks. Carson said he's "encouraged" to see the Maine Department of Health and Human Services advertise for public health nursing positions and hopes they will be filled soon.

Scotland Health Care System is instituting visitor restrictions beginning on Wednesday.

"Those people who ran into severe complications didn't have the vaccine", he said. Flu shots can also be administered through local healthcare providers and pharmacies.

Dr Iley concluded: "You should see a GP if your symptoms last for more than seven days, or if you're in one of the high risk groups discussed earlier".

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