Flu Cases on Rise In State, County

A total of 1,041 flu cases were reported during the week ending December 15, compared to 338 cases the week before. Keep your hands clean by washing.

Five people in North Carolina and SC have died from the flu this season.

Masks must be donned when there are two or more laboratory-confirmed, unrelated influenza cases in the county.

"Most of the increase came around Thanksgiving", Burton said. The CDC has reported 62 such cases of A (H3N2) v infections this season already-39 occurred Maryland, 15 in OH, and the rest occurred in Delaware, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

The McLean County Health Department recently shared 10 tips for staying healthy during this cold and flu season. They say there are other methods of stopping spread of the flu, such as having sick workers stay home, or keeping them away from patients. "A study published earlier this year in a pediatric journal shows that flu vaccination can significantly reduce a child's risk of dying from influenza", Koening said. Limiting the spread of flu helps the entire community, including employers. Although most people fully recover from the flu, some experience severe illness like pneumonia and respiratory failure, and the flu can sometimes be fatal.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated.

The traditional flu season lasts from October through May. "And definitely don't send your kids to school if they have any symptoms at all", Grant said.

The importance of getting the flu shot is especially true for young people and those with chronic medical conditions, she said.

The most compelling statistic is the increase in reported flu cases from this time previous year.

"There's no single virus that causes the flu and there is no one shot that protects against all of them", said an MCMC nurse. "So if you're traveling to another part of the USA where there's a flu outbreak, the close proximity to people will contribute to the virus being transmitted".

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