If You Get the Flu, When Should You Go to the ER?

If You Get the Flu, When Should You Go to the ER?

If You Get the Flu, When Should You Go to the ER?

"All of the different types of influenza are causing these deaths", said Dan Jernigan, director of the influenza division at the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

Even though it's best to get vaccinated as soon as the flu shot is available, which is usually in September, getting the vaccine later can still be helpful.

"This is the busiest flu season that I can recall since being in business since 1978", said pharmacist Gerry Acampora, owner of North Haven Pharmacy. Not included in that figure is Aaron Masterson, a 12-year-old Huntsville Middle School student who passed away from the flu Sunday. "The ending season of Influenza A overlaps with the beginning season of Influenza B, even though it is possible to contract the flu year-round".

Maryland Department of Health continues to track this year's flu, which remains classified as "high intensity" and with "widespread geographic activity".

"We aren't out of the woods yet, but there are steps everyone can take to fight the flu", Shuchat said. "The most effective way to protect yourself and your loved ones from the flu is by getting a flu vaccination".

"Proper hand washing is the best technique for keeping flu from spreading".

As of February 3, more than 1,300 people were diagnosed with the flu.

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Like last flu season, adult flu vaccines offered at county health department clinics are only for those who are underinsured or uninsured and who meet certain high-risk criteria.

Federal officials don't think the flu has peaked yet, and there may be several more weeks before the risk of flu or serious illness subsides. Inside of American Family Care, you have to wear a mask just to go inside and this isn't surprising as we are knee deep in the worst flu season doctors haave seen in years.

Morgan Shandler, a spokeswoman for Shawnee Mission Medical Center, says her hospital had 230 cases in January, with the busiest day occurring on January 13 when there were 15 positive results.

The flu vaccine is recommended by state and federal health officials not only to prevent contracting the virus but also to potentially lessen its severity.

Typically flu sufferers can be contagious 24 hours before the onset of symptoms. That agency keeps up with flu data from across the country. Symptoms, which come on fast, include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.

After touching anything, don't put your hands and/or fingers near your face - especially your mouth and nose. Some people may also have vomiting and diarrhea.

Though not 100 percent effective, wearing a surgical mask can help prevent the spread of the flu. If you get sick with flu symptoms, in most cases, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care.

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