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Spokane County flu hospitalizations reach record numbers

Spokane County flu hospitalizations reach record numbers

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention says this flu season has been rough nationwide due largely to H3N2, a particularly nasty strain of the flu virus that's hitting seniors and baby boomers hard.

All U.S. states but Hawaii and OR continue to report widespread flu activity and the number of states experiencing high influenza-like illness (ILI) activity increased from 39 states plus New York City and Puerto Rico to 42 states plus New York City and the District of Columbia.

Dr. Marc Itskowitz, an internal medicine physician with Allegheny Health Network, said the flu typically migrates from the Southern Hemisphere to the Northern Hemisphere.

"There are others who say free or not they wont be getting a flu shot this year".

In 2017, there were 394,783 such cases reported.

Department officials recommends everyone 6 months of age and older get a seasonal flu vaccine. The flu virus can live and potentially infect a person for 2 to 8 hours after being deposited on a surface.

News 12 is told that the flu is present this season in every state of the continental United States.

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Until this flu season started, the worst one was the flu outbreak of 2014-2015. These remedies can help you recover quicker, and can potentially prevent you from being hospitalized with flu complications.

The numbers could change, Sixberry said, as the department learns about flu-related deaths only after death certificates are filed.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health said the number of cases in Allegheny County from October 1 to February 3 totaled 6,286, compared with 5,252 for the previous reporting period ending January 27.

Flu symptoms include: cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, fever, chills and body aches.

Aside from the four people who died last week, 30 people were admitted to hospital. "We're continuing to urge Marylanders to get their flu shots, stay home from work if they are sick, and practice other preventative measures to stop the spread of flu".

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

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.


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