Medicine

Vulnerable urged to get flu jab as NHS feels pressure of winter

Vulnerable urged to get flu jab as NHS feels pressure of winter

Health care professionals say the best way to combat the flu is getting a flu shot.

Dr Richard Pebody, acting head of the respiratory diseases department at Public Health England, added: "Our data shows that more people are visiting Global Positioning System with flu symptoms and we are seeing more people admitted to hospitals with the flu".

If you are sick, stay home and avoid contact with others.

Symptoms of the flu may come on quickly and may include fever, headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

SEE ALSO: What is the H3N2 flu and how bad is flu season this year?

The flu season this year not only arrived early, it is now hitting its peak in our nation and in South Texas.

On the Mainland, the flu season runs from October to May, but Hawaii gets flu year-round, according to Hawaii health officials.

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He noted that, in terms of flu activity in emergency rooms, the current season is nowhere near the record, which was set during the 2003-2004 season when 28 percent of emergency room patients had flu symptoms.

Dr. Michelle Murti, a member of Public Health Ontario, tells the National Post that this year's flu season is unusual compared to previous years. In most people, influenza causes a relatively mild illness, but it can be a severe infection that results in hospitalization and even death.

Figures from Public Health England show that during the last week of 2017, there were 114 patients newly admitted to intensive care units or high dependency units with flu.

Schaffner advised those with the flu to avoid contact with others. Use a tissue to cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough and always throw the used tissue in the trash.

Antiviral drugs can treat flu illness, but are different from antibiotics. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick.

Influenza vaccines are still available in Solano County and it is not too late to get vaccinated. Vaccine effectiveness does vary for the different strains each year.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the number one way to prevent getting the flu is to get vaccinated. Influenza frequently leads to pneumonia that can be prevented by the pneumococcal vaccine.


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