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CDC: Flu 'widespread' in Pennsylvania

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Delia Stanley | 28 December, 2017, 01:15

The CDC is reporting the influenza virus is widespread across Texas.

The HHSA's weekly "Influenza Watch" report noted that the jump coincided with an uptick of cases at long-term care facilities.

According to the CDC, there have been almost 14,000 confirmed cases of the flu this season.

The 2017-18 flu season is upon us.

"With current widespread flu activity being reported in Kentucky, it is a still a good time to protect yourself and your family by getting a flu shot", said Dr. Jeffrey D. Howard, acting DPH commissioner.

A 47-year-old New Castle man died of the flu earlier this month.

Flu can be very contagious.

Fever, chills, congestion, cough, sore throat, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue are common symptoms of the influenza virus. The prescription drug Tamiflu can reduce symptoms and shorten the duration of your illness, but the effectiveness diminishes if treatment is not started within the first 48 hours. In most places, the shot should be available until January or February as the flu season can last months, sometimes even until May.

It is recommended that you cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

The government is to provide hepatitis A vaccines to infants starting next year, with about 200,000 children to benefit each year, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said yesterday.

Concern that there's a link between autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and the vaccine preservative thimerosal has prevented some parents from getting their children vaccinated.

"The supply of Trivalent Influenza vaccine is expected this week and will be available for distribution on Friday 29th December, pending cold chain clearance". If symptoms become severe, the state health department recommends seeking medical care. But if you're still anxious, thimerosal-free flu vaccines are available for children and adults. Kentuckians are advised to call before arriving for a vaccination.

In some regions, cases had risen eight-fold by early December compared with previous year and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has noted a high number of cases in 12 states.

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