Providence hospitals taking precautions after uptick in flu cases

Providence hospitals taking precautions after uptick in flu cases

Providence hospitals taking precautions after uptick in flu cases

Dr Kevin Kelleher, HSE Assistant National Director, Health Protection, said that Ireland had now entered the flu season.

Dr. Walshak says it's not too late to get the flu shot. Since September, Ottawa Public Health has recorded 77 lab-confirmed cases of the flu, similar to the amount seen at the same time previous year. Residents should also remember that it takes about two weeks for the flu shot to take full effect. Parents should keep their sick children at home so they do not spread the flu to others. School absenteeism because of the flu is reported weekly.

The state Department of Health announced Tuesday the child from central New Jersey died in late December.

"For the current season, the H3N2 strain included in the vaccine has been updated to better match the circulating strain, which will hopefully result in better protection against this strain compared to past year", Durham said.

Sometimes people may also experience sneezing, sore throat and stuffy nose, but those symptoms are associated more with the common cold than the flu. When circulating viruses are substantially different from those in the vaccine, vaccine effectiveness can be reduced. "Patients should get vaccinated as soon as possible after the vaccine is available, and ideally prior to peak activity".

"Vaccination - although not ideal - still prevents many infections completely, and even if you get influenza having received the vaccine, your illness is much more likely to be milder, and you're less likely to get the complications of pneumonia and having to be hospitalized".

"It's not just flu, but also other respiratory viruses", tweeted hospital CEO Alex Munter, "busy viral season".

Some people shouldn't get the flu shot, like those with severe, life-threatening allergies to flu vaccine or any ingredient in the vaccine. While the 2018-2019 flu season started back in fall, there are still a few more months before it ends.

It has been a deadly flu season across Canada and Saskatchewan this year.

The CDC recommends that everyone 6-months-old and older get a flu shot every year.

The HSE has urged all people in at-risk groups for the flu to get vaccinated if they have not done so already.

Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors' visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations.

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