Arkansas Flu Deaths Rise To 94, Record Number Expected This Season

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The flu has hit more than 5,000 NY state residents so far this season, according to Schumer, who said that as of January 18, the weekly rate of New Yorkers hospitalized with influenza was the highest it has ever been since the Department of Health began reporting the figures in 2004.

"There are antiviral medications that can be used to shorten the duration of illness as well as to help prevent complications from the flu", Bocchini said. The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone over the age of 6 months. "The season still has a ways to go so it's not too late to get your flu vaccine today".

Over the past several weeks, deaths of Americans of all ages from the flu have made headlines.

"You really need to stay home", Akpinar-Elci said.

Good hand washing is very important; wash your hands often with soap and water. Use a tissue or cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow or arm.

"That's kind of the easiest way to prevent inadvertently transporting something from your fingers into your nose or mouth, which is where these are going to grow".

If traveling, handle your own belongings.

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"Wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your face", she said.

The majority of cases a 62 percent - are Type A H3N2, which is included in the current flu vaccine.

Individuals who are not feeling well on the day of donation will be deferred from giving blood.

At its current pace, the 2017-2018 flu season will equal or exceed the 2014-2015 flu season, when 34 million Americans got sick, 710,000 were hospitalized and roughly 56,000 died.

You can give blood after receiving the influenza vaccine if you are symptom-free and meet all other eligibility requirements. This is because the immunity induced by the flu shot is not completely protective. Miller thinks it's possible that kind of dramatic first imprint might damage a patient's immune system, and that could be why it's harder for them to fight off other, similar strains when they come back into circulation.

"At times, when we are full, we do keep patients down here until a bed does open up upstairs, but we ran into situations where we had to get more ventilators brought into the facility with the respiratory diagnosis, that we had to make sure that we could accommodate for all of our patients".

Adenoviruses are spread by coughing and sneezing, direct contact with an infected person or touching objects and surfaces, such as a door handles and light switches, where adenoviruses can live and remain infectious for long periods.

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