Laredo Health Department sees a rise in flu cases

Desiree Steele
January 5, 2018

"We anticipate that we'll have this increased activity for at least quite some time", said Tan.

Flu season has hit early and it's hitting hard.

The number of flu cases normally peaks here and elsewhere between January and February.

Infectious Disease Specialist with the Missoula County Health Department, Pam Whitney, said one specific strain of the flu has been hard to contain.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not determined the effectiveness of this year's flu shot.

"The antibodies you make in response to vaccine with one type of flu virus can oftentimes provide protection against different but related flu viruses", she said.

"The Tucson Medical Center emergency department is now experiencing a 10 percent increase in patient volume over the previous year", said hospital spokesman Jim Marten, when asked about how flu cases were affecting the hospital.

"We work with various different entities throughout the state, like at emergency departments, long term care facilities, at schools".

As flu is a virus, there is no cure; you can only alleviate the effects by getting plenty of sleep and fluids, and taking Ibuprofen to lower your temperature and relieve aches and pain. "They go through this antigenic change every year, so March is when they decide what's going into the vaccine and we start seeing the cases in September and October". The state DHHS said the child was between the ages of 5 and 17.

Stay home from work if you are sick and cover your mouth when you cough with your sleeve or a tissue.

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