Tuesday, 16 January, 2018

Health officials say more needs to be done to protect from flu

Health Department reports first flu-related death of the season in El Paso Flu not hitting area as hard as other counties
Steve Townsend | 22 December, 2017, 00:37

A total of 563 cases were reported last week, more than double the 227 cases in the previous week, county officials said.

Wash your hands often with soap and water. To date three people, have died from the flu, 66 people have been hospitalized. But because of the way cases are trending so far, Thompson said the county could be in for a long haul with the season peaking in February or March.

All three school campuses across the county reported increased student absenteeism starting last week.

North Carolina health officials believe more needs to be done to protect families from the flu.

Hospital administrators contend that most local health care professionals and numerous national organizations are united in the belief that requiring a vaccine or a mask protects patients not only from the flu but life-threatening complications.

If you have a flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone.

Influenza can affect people of all ages, and can be severe. Limiting the spread of flu helps the entire community, including employers.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated.

There is still a lot of concern over how effective this year's flu vaccine will be. With that in mind, the CDC has some tips to keep from spreading the virus. "And definitely don't send your kids to school if they have any symptoms at all", Grant said.

All of this is to say that everyone, unless advised differently by your doctor, should seriously consider getting a flu shot, especially senior citizens and children, who are more vulnerable. Every November and December, things ramp up on the flu front and despite our best efforts, it is easy to catch whatever flu happens to be circulating through the population.

"I just want to do my job without fear or retribution or being singled out", said one nurse.

Avoid close contact with sick people.

MCMC said "although many of our staff are fortunate to enjoy excellent health, even healthy individuals can get very sick from the flu and spread disease to others" as the basis for its flu shot/masking protocol.

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