Health officials: 135 people hospitalized with the flu this season


No one wants the flu at any time, let alone during the holidays.

Flu is a contagious, viral illness that causes mild to severe symptoms that, in rare cases, can lead to death.

A report published today shows the rate of adults getting vaccinated against influenza this year has dropped 3.7 percent, meaning just a third of adults and children are protected.

The Wyoming Department of Health is reporting a growing number of flu cases in the state in recent weeks.

If you get sick, look out for severe aches and pains in your muscles and joints, notable fatigue and weakness, headaches and a high fever.

The number of lab-confirmed cases is up to 304, up more than 100 from last week.

County health district officials in Reno said Thursday both victims were 80 years old and both were at risk for complications of the flu due to underlying medical conditions.

In Ohio, 35 people have been hospitalized, but flu typically peaks in January.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is to pause a plan to administer hepatitis A vaccines to children older than 12 months after the legislature's Social Welfare and Environmental Hygiene Committee questioned the plan's effectiveness yesterday. It is spread when a person who has the flu coughs, sneezes or talks, and droplets containing the flu virus are inhaled into your mouth or nose.

Among health care workers who declined the vaccine, the most common reason is fear of experiencing side effects or getting sick from the vaccine.

Doctors have been warning of a bad flu season in the USA because of what happened in Australia. DHEC encourages everyone to find the facility that works best for them.

"Anything that you can do to help prevent your family from getting the flu is very beneficial", said Altmann, who was not involved in the CDC research. Flu vaccines offer lasting protection against the flu for the entire flu season. You can become infected by touching one of these areas after touching something that is covered in germs. "We want to help educate grandparents to understand the seriousness of the flu and their higher risk of developing complications from this risky and potentially deadly disease".

"There's all kinds of speculation going on because of the experience in the Southern Hemisphere", said Dr. Danuta Skowronski of the BC Centre for Disease Control, referring in particular to Australia.