County Executive Bellone Announces Free Flu Clinics Available To Residents

Brandon Parsons
February 15, 2018

The H3N2 flu strain is infecting the most patients.

There has been a steady spike of flu related deaths in the state.

"H3N2 is still around but it's on the decline while influenza b is on the increase", said Tim Timmins of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department.

As of February 3, a total of 48 states continued to experience widespread flu activity, according to the CDC's latest surveillance report.

The lamps can kill the virus while still remaining safe around people.

There have been 1,852 flu cases in Berks County since reporting began October 1. This is the time of year when flu is most active in our county and we are continuing to monitor the situation. "So we offered two additional flu shot clinics and served another 150 students". The Ellis County Health Dept., 601 Main in Hays, is open Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m.to noon and again 1 p.m.to 5 p.m.

Even though he planned on getting vaccinated like he does every year, Jack Riley '19 got the flu before he had the chance. Swine flu, which swept the globe in 2009 and 2010, sickened 60.8 million Americans, hospitalized 274,304 and killed 12,469, according to CDC data.

The researchers pondered over the question of why the previously healthy babies ran a swifter course to death due to flu with shorter illnesses.

Influenza symptoms include fever or feeling feverish, a cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, chills and fatigue.

"Influenza B tends to be a milder flu strain but it can cause some severe flu in individuals", Timmins said. Some people - such as older people, young children and people with certain health conditions - are at high risk for serious flu complications.

Finally, if you think you have the flu, you can go to the doctor and get an antiviral medication.

Hong Kong health officials could introduce flu vaccines intended for the southern hemisphere in light of the city's flu vaccine shortage this year, with private doctors saying they had no more of the immunity-fighting substance for their patients.

"Many out of state insurance plans and some MI insurance Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) and Medicaid plans preclude students from receiving health care and vaccines at Sindecuse Health Center", Marshall said.

"You also can help reduce the spread of flu through simple good health habits, like staying away from people who are sick, frequently washing your hands and covering your cough and sneeze", says Schuchat who stressed staying home if you're sick, "For those who are already sick, please stay home from work or school".

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