Flu season appears in West Michigan; doctors urge flu shot


That number, is almost double the 11 flu-related deaths reported around the same time a year ago in the state.

Dr. Nick Yphantides, the county’s chief medical officer, said such a declaration would be justified only of local health systems needed more direct help from the county.

“We offer our deepest sympathies to the individual’s loved ones”, he added. These early indicators suggest that it may be more severe than usual. “In general, we’ve had a poor level of vaccine advocacy coming out of HHS for the last two decades, and this could haunt us for the current flu season”, says Hotez. “I do get scared about the flu because I see people dying from the flu”.

It’s too early to tell whether the flu will hit Hawaii residents as hard as many USA states, the state Department of Health reported Monday.

The latest statistics from the Connecticut Department of Public Health take us through the end of 2017. He said it’s only cold weather that can be connected to more illnesses. President Gerald Ford got his swine flu vaccine back in 1976 on television. Vaccination is still the best protection to protect ourselves, our families, and our community from the flu.

DOCTOR’S ORDERS Think you’ve got Aussie flu? “Being vaccinated from the flu significantly lessens the risk of flu-associated hospitalizations and deaths”.

He says what people may not realize is that some of their new year’s resolutions could do more harm than good when it comes to getting the flu.

“We’re having a more severe season (than last year), but two years ago we had a very mild season”, she said.

2018 marks the 100 year anniversary of the 1918 influenza pandemic which killed an estimated 20 to 50 million people.

“It’s a stronger, different flu strain”, said Heidi Brechtelsbauer, clinical services director for the Great Lakes Bay Health Centers.

A woman in her 50s died of the flu in December, making her the first flu-related death of the season in the area.

Wash Your Hands- With soap and water.

Doing it all. Stay home from work or school and don’t run errands. Germs spread this way.

Cover your Mouth and Nose- The influenza virus is airborne so cover up when you cough and sneeze.

A health care professional delivers a flu shot. Antivirals can be prescribed and could be life-saving for more severe cases.

Stop Touching Sick People- This one might seem like a no-brainer, but avoid contact with anyone who is sick.

Influenza vaccines are still available in Solano County and it is not too late to get vaccinated.

But parents can still protect their little ones, by ensuring they have received the flu jab.


The PHE spokeswoman said: “Early indications are that the influenza B/Yamagata lineage is circulating, which is contained in the quadrivalent but not the trivalent (standard) 2017/18 vaccine”.

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