Tuesday July 25th 2017

Public Officials Issue Influenza Information

SANTA ANA Calif. (FNP) – As the flu hits epidemic levels in 18 states the Orange County Health Department reminded residents that the illness can be severe resulting in hospitalization and even death.

Health officials say that the “best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.” Wash your hands often and cover your cough with a sleeve or tissue, the agency recommended.

Public officials across the country are making the same recommendations as the flu outbreak hits five weeks early and spreads to 41 states. The H3N2 flu striking this year is very contagious and cause severe symptoms.

Experts believe the vaccine to be 60 to 85 percent effective. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said most of the country is now experiencing high levels of influenza-like-illness (ILI). They believe we are already hitting “peak” levels.

The CDC also recommends vaccination. “Anyone who has not already been vaccinated should do so now,” said Dr. Joe Bresee, Chief of the Epidemiology and Prevention Branch in CDC’s Influenza Division.

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