Published: Wed, February 19, 2020
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OH flu-related hospital visits still rising

OH flu-related hospital visits still rising

According to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there have been at least 26 million flu illnesses, 250,000 hospitalizations and 14,000 deaths from flu this flu season.

The influenza B viruses had uncharacteristically dominated earlier, and have been particularly severe in children.

The report for the week ending February 8 shows influenza-like illness activity high across the state in terms of those seeking medical care, as well as an increase in related hospitalizations.

"As flu season has not yet peaked across NY, I urge everyone to remain vigilant and take simple precautions to protect themselves and their families", he said in a statement. "We are still on our way up", Dr. David Weber, a University of North Carolina infectious-diseases specialist, said of the patient traffic in Chapel Hill, reports MSN News.

The testing will initially be carried out by public health labs in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago and NY, which are already testing for seasonal flu.

"The big thing is, if someone gets sick with the flu, their sick time is much shorter compared to an unvaccinated person", said Parrish.

ThedaCare said so far this year, they have seen 38 influenza hospitalizations.

Flu numbers
Reported influenza cases from February 2 to February 8

DPH last month reported the state's first flu-related pediatric death of the season.

Two Ohio children, girls ages 11 and 16, have died from the flu this season.

To prevent the spread of the coronavirus to the United States, CDC officials have put in place travel restrictions and quarantine policies for people who recently visited China.

While the scale of the 1918-19 flu epidemic remains unparallelled, another pandemic is inevitable, experts say.

Medical experts are reminding people the importance of getting the flu vaccine.basic hygiene and staying home if symptoms develop.

"People being a little anxious and seeking care doesn't especially worry me, because that's the point".

To that end, health officials will be using five public health labs that usually test for flu to start checking also for coronavirus. When a specimen tests negative for flu, it will then be tested for coronavirus, Messonnier said.


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