Flu Season Requires Special Precautions for Rare Disease-Affected Individuals

It is not too late to take advantage of flu shot offers, "However, the nasal spray flu vaccine should not be used because it has been shown to be ineffective." officials said.

The deceased, a 59 year-old male, had multiple underlying medical conditions, and died on January 9, according to the Stanislaus County Health Services Agency.

The flu is a contagious respiratory disease caused by the influenza virus, which infects the nose, throat and lungs.

So far one person has died from a flu in Georgia this season. By the year's end, there were 101 reported cases of the flu, 56 hospitalizations, and 2 deaths. One of those highly infectious diseases in Swine Flu or Pig flu and its virus being referred as Swine influenza virus (SIV) or swine-origin influenza virus (S-OIV).

District epidemiologist Amber Erickson say the 2016-2017 flu season is the worst flu season Georgia's had in two years.

The CDC Prevention Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends flu vaccine for all individuals six months of age and older. To help ensure that urgent care and emergency room facilities have space for other critical needs, health officials urge the public to know which symptoms of influenza require medical treatment, and when the illness can be managed at home. A more serious strain of the flu is being found in more patients across the nation and here in Western New York.

As the flu season continues, Anderson said, it is hard to predict if flu numbers will continue to rise for a couple of weeks or a couple of months, or even drop, but to try to avoid getting it, make sure to wash hands and cover a cough.

The best way to stay healthy and combat a respiratory (flu) virus, stomach virus and other viruses is through preventive measures.

Some patients with a severe bout of influenza, which often include the elderly and those with underlying chronic health conditions that put them at risk for complications, are admitted to hospital and may receive an antiviral medication such as oseltamivir (Tamiflu), he said.

It takes about two weeks for the body's immune system to fully respond to the flu vaccine. Adults aged 65 and older were the age group that accounted for the largest proportion of reported influenza cases.

National data suggests that the 2016-17 flu vaccine is a good match for the viruses now circulating. For ages 9 years and older.

Kanelos tells ABC12 News they're able to test for the flu and treat it, but it's important to get checked out sooner rather than later.

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