Published: Wed, January 03, 2018
Medical | By Alyssa Little

Flu cases up in NY state

Flu cases up in NY state

"We see this subtype in many flu seasons and the circulating flu strains match those in the current flu vaccines meaning they are still the best defence we have against the virus".

Recent media reports told of how the United Kingdom could be set for a "deadly flu outbreak".

The H3N2 virus was blamed for one of Australia's worst ever flu outbreaks past year.

Now Public Health England have revealed there has been a sharp rise in cases triggered by a surge in two aggressive sub-types of flu.

All local counties either saw an increase in flu-related hospitalizations or the same number of hospitalizations compared to the week before. Moreover, most viruses separated from patient tissue samples have been related to the Yamagata lineage, not the Victoria lineage in vaccines being used this season.

Influenza s ymptoms tend to arise pretty suddenly, and can include: fever, sore throat, cough, runny nose, chills/body aches, and headaches, vomiting and diarrhea.

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People considered to be at high risk for complications include: hospitalized patients; patients with severe or progressive illnesses; cancer patients, HIV patients and those with compromised immune systems; nursing home or health facility residents; and children 5 years old and younger, adults 65 and older, women who are pregnant or within two weeks postpartum, people with asthma, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and serious disorders.

A/H3N2 - a strain of flu that mainly affects the elderly and people with risk factors like a long term health condition.

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Schaffner said, "No matter what the dominant strain is, there are other strains out there that produce influenza and the vaccine is often very good at protecting against those".

"We therefore encourage all those who are eligible to take up the offer of the vaccine".

"The message is to get vaccinated", she said. For the past several years, he says the vaccine has been anywhere between 40-60% effective in preventing disease but even in cases where the disease is not prevented, the vaccine can still reduce symptoms significantly.

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"The big thing about the flu is it's spread not just by contact, physical contact, but it can be spread by breathing air of somebody who has been sick with the flu", Kendrick said.

A further 73 have been hospitalised - causing medics to urge people to get vaccinated as the flue "actively circulates" in Ireland.

As a result the health board are asking patients to help prevent the spread of flu and only essential visits will be allowed at the Maelor at this time.

Dr. Mendoza says influenza is contagious up to one day before some has symptoms, and can remain contagious until about a week after the patient begins to have symptoms.

"If you experience sudden chest pains, difficulty breathing or coughing up blood, you should call 999 to seek immediate help".

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