First flu cases of season reported in New Mexico

First flu cases of season reported in New Mexico

First flu cases of season reported in New Mexico

Free seasonal flu shots for adults and children three years of age and older will be offered in the cities of Tustin and Westminster as part of an annual series of emergency preparedness exercises. Flu shots are the best method to prevent flu, hospitalization, missed days of school or work and complications such as pneumonia. These viruses spread seasonally each year because of a phenomenon known as antigenic drift.

In February, we reported that flu numbers were on the rise last season with more than 400 cases in the area according to the Brazos Valley Health Department. Using historical data as a test, the new model accurately predicted the total number of cases for each season in the US from 2002 to 2016, and produced an accurate, real-time prediction for the 2016-17 season before it started a year ago.

"The flu vaccine is a lifesaver because flu can be a very serious and sometimes deadly disease, with potentially 1,000 flu related deaths in Ireland during a severe flu season".

Wash your hands often with soap and water. In the home and workplace, disinfect phones, keyboards, door handles, and other commonly touched surfaces.

Cough or sneeze into your arm or cover your nose and mouth with a tissue. It's also recommended that people wear a face mask to reduce spreading or catching germs.

"Sampson Regional Medical Center has hygiene stations located at all main entrances and throughout the hospital to promote hand washing and use of face masks", Holden advised.

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"The CDC and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology still recommend pregnant women get the flu shot", Longenberger Warunek said.

There are influenza A and B strains going around, but influenza A is the most common so far in Montana.

Flu season typically starts in October, peaks in mid-winter and ends in May.

A walk-in flu clinic for the entire family hosted by the Ingham County Health Department on South Cedar Street in Lansing.

The flu vaccine can be administered as early as six months of age and protects against various strands of the flu.

Reach Kristy D. Carter at 910-592-8137, ext.

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