Health officials expect Minnesota flu cases to rise

It’s not too late to get vaccinated against the flu according to the Mc Lean County Health Department

Despite what is shaping up to be a pretty severe flu season in the province, Lamont said the same precautions should be followed as they would any other year.

The number of Minnesotans hospitalized with flu-like illnesses increased 38 percent in the past week and now stands at 359 for the season, according to the state's flu tracking report released Thursday.

Pam Burton, infection control nurse at Peterson Regional Medical Center, is officially tracking flu cases and reporting to the State Department of Health Services.

Increased activity for the flu began earlier this season than usual in Kentucky and is expected to continue for several months.

Health officials say there have been about 3,000 reported flu cases statewide.

As a bonus, when you are vaccinated, you are contributing to the immunity of the "herd", meaning that the more members vaccinated the less the disease spreads and the greater the protection afforded to the younger and older members of the population.

The main difference between the two types of influenza is that outbreaks of type B tend to occur less frequently than type A, though both have the capability to cause serious illness.

The CDC also reported one pediatric influenza death. Like a year ago, the vaccine is only offered in the form of shots. "We're implementing these restrictions at our hospitals to protect our patients and our community as a whole".

Around this time in 2016, 54 people were in the hospital with the flu.

"Don't visit loved ones in hospital, or personal care homes, if you're feeling ill", said Dr. Terry Klassen, medical director of the WRHA child health program.

If you do get the flu, you're urged to cover your cough, wash your hands, avoid work if possible, as well as holiday gatherings, and see a physician.

The virus is spreading rapidly in CT with three deaths already reported this season.

You can also prevent the spread of flu by washing your hands well and disinfecting common high-touch surfaces.

The flu shot is free and is available at the health unit, at clinics throughout the district, from participating health-care providers and pharmacies.

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