Influenza or Flu Outbreak Swamping Medical Facilities
We have in the past seen the flu sweep thought nation, but this one seems to be especially harsh, while the flu vaccine is helpful, it is only shown to be 30% effective, yet doctors are saying to still get it, even if you just got it a few days ago, it could lessen your response to the flue. We are told this case of flu or influenza is more virulent then it has been in years, it is needful to take care before you come down with this.
To date, there have been 48 states that have reported cases on the rise, in California, they are being hit so hard that they have had to set up tents to handle the overflow that is overwhelming their hospitals.
In California, they have seen the flu cases double, E.R. cases are now being triaged in the hallways. to date we have seen 27 die in California alone, nationwide over 41,000 cases, Arkansaw and Texas are the worst hit.
On a personal note, I received my flu shots, so did my wife, but with her in hospice, and now our kid is running around with a temperature in the high 102’s, we are terrified the wife will get it. If you are at risk due to a lower immune system, or due to bad health or age, we would recommend that you get the flu shot.
As we have said, Texas is being hit hard as well, this was just released yesterday from them:
— Dallas County HHS (@DCHHS) January 9, 2018
As you can see this is not just taking the lives of the elderly, there are some that are middle-aged and children as well.
What we are being told is:
▪ If one person needs to go to the emergency room, do not bring the entire family. Space is limited and you can expose more people to illness.
▪ Remember that visitor restrictions are in place at all area hospitals; please do not visit patients if you have any flu-like symptoms. People under age 18, pregnant women and anyone with a cough or a sore throat are also asked not to visit.
▪ If you get sick, stay home from work and school. Get lots of rest, drink plenty of liquids and avoid alcohol and tobacco.
▪ You can use over-the-counter medications to relieve symptoms, but do not give aspirin to children or teenagers with flu-like symptoms, especially fever.
▪ Influenza is typically more serious in people over the age of 65, pregnant women, immune-compromised patients and young children, but it can become serious in anyone of any age or medical status.
▪ While people may use the phrase “stomach flu” to refer to nausea and vomiting, influenza tends to be a severe respiratory illness with a fever that causes up to 700,000 hospitalizations and 56,000 deaths a year in the United States alone, up to half a million deaths worldwide. This year’s strain appears to be H3N2, which is one of the more severe strains, according to medical officials.
▪ Vaccination is still the best way to prevent the flu, even with a less-effective vaccine this year; even a partially effective vaccine can reduce the impact of the flu. A pregnant woman can also protect the infant both before and after birth by getting vaccinated.
▪ Antiviral treatment is most effective when started as soon as possible, but treatment initiated after 48 hours from illness onset can still be beneficial, according to the CDC. Given the severity of this year’s illness, the CDC sent an advisory to doctors last week recommending that antivirals be started as soon as possible, without even waiting a few hours for the flu test to come back, especially for those at greater risk.