An Early….and Tough….Flu Season in Beatrice Area

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Hays County Local Health Department Epidemiologist Eric Schneider said flu season is technically September through April.

The child died at Dayton Children's Hospital on Saturday, January 6.

The most predominant strain circulating through Mohave County and Arizona is Influenza AH3, which causes more severe illness and is the least effective component of the seasonal flu vaccine, as compared with Influenza AH1N1 and Influenza B, the county health official said. "It's not possible to say precisely when this flu season will peak or end or how severe it will be". "You can still get the flu, no vaccine is flawless". The district has also been sending parents messages, by telephone, text, email, and on social media, suggesting ways to help minimize exposure to the flu.

ODH also reports 1,750 new confirmed flu-associated hospitalizations in OH during the first week of January, a significant increase over 925 reported during the last week of December. "There are reports that the vaccine is only 10 percent effective this year, but it's really too early to tell". You can also protect yourself by washing your hands, sneezing or coughing into your elbow, staying home when you are sick and not touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

While October is the month most generally recommended by doctors for getting an annual flu shot, there's still time to do so.


It can take up to two weeks to build full immunity to influenza following a vaccination, so people should get shots immediately, the department said. One factor is invincibility, where people never had the flu or gotten a flu shot, which makes them believe they don't need one.

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) says the outbreak of the Influenza-A H1N1 that occurred at the Kumasi Academy Senior High School has ended. Anyone who has an influenza-like illness presenting with fever of more than 100 [degrees Fahrenheit] and sore throat could be suspected to have the flu.

Schneider said the key to surviving the flu season without getting ill is to wash hands often, get the flu vaccine and exercise isolation from the public when you are sick with the flu.

Complications of flu can include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma or diabetes. It is impossible to predict how bad a flu season will be.

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