Three Lewis County Deaths Linked to Influenza

Tamiflu low as flu cases keep rising

Now there is no other medication that is commonly prescribed by doctors for influenza, a virus that can range from mild symptoms to severe secondary infections that have been fatal.

Since the beginning of flu season on October 1, the county has seen 4,810 cases.

The CDC has rated this year's flu as "widespread" in 49 states, the most prevalent the virus has been in that many states at once in the past ten years.

Tina Tan, an internist who is state epidemiologist for the New Jersey Department of Health, said that no vaccine is ideal and this one is still helping some people. At 4:30 Monday Southside had filled seven for the day. "It's better than nothing", she said.

"We haven't had any trouble getting it here in Bailey, but some of the bigger markets are", Lamm said.

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"In view of the issues surrounding colds and flu that seem to be hitting our section, we are repeating the efforts to thoroughly clean and sanitize our schools", Scully said in a statement. Dr. Schuchat acknowledged that there is room for improvement to get those effectiveness numbers up and the government health institutions are working together to make this happen. According to the CDC the benefits, on the other hand, include a substantially reduced risk of catching the flu as well as reducing the severity of the flu if you contract it, which is especially important this season given the nationwide Tamiflu shortage. Flu vaccination is the best way to prevent flu illness and serious flu complications, including those that can result in hospitalization. The flu season can peak as late as March. Graham noted that even though schools could close for illness, most businesses would not, meaning children would likely still be taken to child care centers or other locations where they could contract the illness. The flu clinic is staffed between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., Sunday through Friday. The percentage of visits to emergency departments and admissions to hospitals from emergency departments continued to climb, though not as rapidly as in the previous week.

Anyone who's had the flu knows of that particular kind of misery, which can put people out of commission for days - or worse.

"More deaths are related to that strain of virus than would normally be expected", he said.

Thomas suggested in order to prevent contracting the flu individuals should wash their hands, cover their cough, and if they are ill, they should stay home.


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